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Selma H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-812) interviewed by Mark Jacobs and John Tiebout,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-812

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    Videotape testimony of Selma H., who was born in Czerniejewo, Germany (presently Poland) in approximately 1896. She recalls her family's restaurant; cordial relations with non-Jews; moving to Frankfurt; returning home in 1914 when war began; moving to Bielefeld in 1919; her father's death in 1922; marriage; the birth of her son in 1926 and daughter in 1927; anti-Jewish restrictions; her children's expulsion from a school in 1938; their attending a Jewish school; assistance from a non-Jewish teacher; her sisters' emigration to England in 1939; confiscation of their home and business; deportation to the Rīga ghetto in 1941; forced factory labor; her husband's death in 1943; transfer to Kaiserwald; boat transfer to Stutthof in 1944; separation from her son, whom she never saw again; transfer to Sophienwalde; slave labor building roads; transfer elsewhere; a death march; assistance from her daughter; liberation by Soviet troops in Lębork; hospitalization; their return to Bielefeld; re-hospitalization; traveling to Frankfurt; and their emigration to the United States. Ms. H. discusses regret that she did not leave Germany before the war; sharing her experiences with her grandchildren; and she and her daughter not discussing their war experiences.
    H., Selma, 1896?-
    Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
    Interview Date
    May 24, 1986.
    Czerniejewo (Poland)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Bielefeld (Germany)
    Lębork (Poland)
    Cite As
    Selma H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-812). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tiebout, John, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 46 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Mutual aid.
    Husband Death.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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