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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3412

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.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rita S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3412). 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/4291631
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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