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Salomea G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3414) interviewed by Eva Geffers and Vera Stutz-Bischitzky

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3414

Videotape testimony of Salomea G., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1933, the youngest of three sisters. She recalls attending a Jewish kindergarten; being terrified in the streets; her parents' separation in 1936; her father's institutionalization for mental illness; her mother seeking sponsorship for emigration from her brother in Australia; her oldest sister's emigration in 1938; her father's incarceration in Buchenwald after release from the asylum; her mother obtaining his release providing he left for Shanghai; his four-week stay with them during which she felt safe and surrounded by love; emigration to Melbourne; involvement in communist youth groups; learning of the camps in 1945 and that most of their European family had been killed; trying to return to communist Germany; entering in 1954 after spying for the GDR; gradual disillusionment and recognition of antisemitism; and expulsion from the Communist Party in 1968. Ms. G. discusses continuing fears resulting from her childhood; overcoming them after writing a book; Jewish organizational life in Germany; and continuing hostility to her immediate family. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
G., Salomea, 1932-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
Interview Date
January 8 and May 30, 1996.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Salomea G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3414). 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/4291638
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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