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Jenny R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3420) interviewed by Eva Bauer and Siegland Schröder

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3420

Videotape testimony of Jenny R., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1919 to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother. She recounts her mother's death in 1923; placement in a children's home where she was very unhappy; returning to her father; expulsion from school in 1933 due to anti-Jewish laws, although she did not consider herself Jewish; her father's arrest in summer 1933; visiting him in prison; his transfer to a concentration camp, then his release; difficulty obtaining and keeping jobs due to racial laws; having to prove that her mother was an "Aryan"; rumors of gas chambers and killing of Jews; her father's deportation to Theresienstadt in 1944; sending him packages; receiving postcards from him; forced labor in a factory, then clearing bombing rubble; evacuation to Treptow; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; her father's return; continuing hardships and antisemitism; and obtaining German citizenship in 1954. Ms. R. notes receiving reparations for her father in 1962 after his death, and persistent fears resulting from her experiences. She shows photographs and documents and reads from a journal she kept during the war.

Author/Creator
R., Jenny, 1919-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
Interview Date
March 2, 1996.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jenny R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3420). 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/4291661
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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