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Rita S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3412) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Angela Reinhard,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3412

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Rita S., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1935 to a Jewish mother and non-Jewish father. She recalls living with her maternal grandparents; close bonds with them and her maternal uncle; her father's brief military service in 1939 which protected them; having to wear the "star" beginning in 1941; beatings from children on the street; deportation of her uncle, his wife and children, and her grandparents in 1942 (only her uncle survived); being forced to move in 1943; assistance from prostitutes in the neighborhood; her father's forced labor service (they knew he was alive because they were not deported); her mother's boss allowing her to hide in the work area when she was ill; removing their stars to go to shelters during bombings; returning to their apartment after liberation; her uncle's return; her father's return in 1946; and his conversion to Judaism in 1950. Mrs. S. discusses continuing fears resulting from her experiences; her uncle's reluctance to share his camp experiences; her very close relationship with her parents; difficulty coping with their deaths; and sharing her story with her son and husband.
    Author/Creator
    S., Rita, 1935-
    Published
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
    Interview Date
    December 8, 1995.
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Rita S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3412). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Lezzi, Eva, interviewer.
    Reinhard, Angela, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in German.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 50 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Child survivors.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291631
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
    This page:
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