Lotte B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-846) interviewed by Bonnie Kind and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
- Interview Date
- March 5, 1987.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lotte B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-846). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lotte B., who was born in Essen, Germany in 1915. She recalls her family's affluence; attending a Jewish school, then secretarial school; her father's death in 1931; her brother's emigration to the Netherlands (they were Dutch citizens); caring for her mother; her mother's death in 1936; assistance from non-Jews; being harassed on Kristallnacht; moving to Amsterdam; marriage in June 1941; confiscation of her husband's business; incarceration in a former barracks, then in Westerbork in 1943; bribing officials to avoid transports; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in September 1944; separation from her husband upon arrival (she never saw him again); useless slave labor; transfer to Holleischen; slave labor in a munitions factory; liberation by Soviet troops; transport to Leipzig; repatriation; reunion with her brother-in-law and his wife; remarriage and emigration to the United States in 1947; and the births of her son and daughter. Ms. B. notes she has continuing health problems due to her experiences; the loss of her youth; and reluctance to share her experiences.