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Gerta T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-904) interviewed by Mark Jacobs and John Tiebout,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-904

Videotape testimony of Gerta T., who was born in 1916 in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Austria), the younger of two children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; attending school; working as a salesperson; her brother attending medical school; her engagement; the Anschluss; antisemitic harassment; her brother's illegal emigration to France with his wife and her parents, with assistance from a SS doctor he knew; her parents unsuccessful attempt to join him; her fiancé obtaining an English visa for her; emigration to London in August 1938; working as a governess in Plymouth and Bristol; sending money to her parents; incarceration in Dursley as an enemy alien when the war began in 1939; release after an examination; marriage in 1942 to a Czech émigré; her daughter's birth; her husband joining the United States Army; fear of going to underground shelters during the Blitzkrieg; and emigration to the United States after the war. Ms. T. notes her parents' deportation to Minsk in May 1942 (they did not survive); locating her brother through the Red Cross after the war; and two visits to Vienna.

T., Gerta, 1916-
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
Interview Date
November 8, 1986.
Vienna (Austria)
London (England)
Plymouth (England)
Bristol (England)
Dursley (England)
4 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gerta T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-904). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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