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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-812

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.

Author/Creator
H., Selma, 1896?-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
Interview Date
May 24, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Selma H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-812). 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/4294294
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