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Yvonne S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3407) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin and Edgar Pankow

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3407

Videotape testimony of Yvonne S., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1929 to a single mother. She remembers a close relationship with her grandparents; membership in the girls' Nazi youth group, Bund Deutsher Mädel; harassment of Jews in school; her family's friendship with a Jewish neighbor (they were deported when she was not home and their apartment sealed, then reassigned to Germans); her mother verbally declaring her an Aryan at school; working as a housekeeper, then with her mother at a Siemens factory in Marienfelde; secretly assisting French and Soviet prisoner of war forced laborers; the arrival of Soviet troops; and settling in East Berlin. Ms. S. notes learning of Nazi mass murders only after the war; her mother informing her after the war that her father had been Jewish and was killed in Auschwitz; and her few relatives who were Nazis. Ms. S. discusses her leftist politics.

Author/Creator
S., Yvonne, 1929-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
November 3, 1995.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yvonne S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3407). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291618
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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