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Karin L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3408) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin and Sonja Miltenberger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3408

Videotape testimony of Karin L., who was born in the Wilmersdorf section of Berlin, Germany in 1929. She recounts her paternal grandfather had converted from Judaism and her mother was Protestant; visiting her paternal grandparents in Szczecin; her father losing his appointment as a judge in 1933 due to his Jewish ancestry; moving due to the loss of his income; living in the Wendenschloss area; her brother's birth; moving to central Berlin; problems resulting from the Nuremberg laws; her father forging documents for friends; his arrest on Kristallnacht; assistance from their non-Jewish relatives; her father's release from Sachsenhausen; her brother being sent to live with their maternal grandparents and other places; evacuation from Berlin with non-Jewish children in 1940, due to potential harm from bombings; returning; her father's incarceration; sending him packages; his return; his assignment clearing bombing rubble; liberation in the Lichterfelde area by Soviet troops; her brother's return; their visit to relatives in Sweden; attending business school; and her career. Ms. L. discusses assistance received from Heinrich Grüber; her parents' "privileged intermarriage" because her father wasn't raised as a Jew; and her work for human rights organizations.

Author/Creator
L., Karin, 1929-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
October 31, 1995.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Karin L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3408). 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/4291620
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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