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Hella B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1046) interviewed by Robin McHugh and Bernard Weinstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1046

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    Videotape testimony of Hella B., who was born in Neuss, Germany in 1915. She recalls living in Berlin; her father's position for Siemens in Spain; living in Seville; her older brother's death at a boarding school when she was five; moving frequently and attending boarding schools; living in Lüdenscheid, Cologne, and Nuremberg; antisemitic harassment; a book burning; finishing gymnasium; attending art school in Berlin; her parents obtaining emigration documents for her to join an uncle in New York; staying in England for six weeks with an aunt; arrival in the United States; learning her uncle had died; his wife rejecting her; trying to earn money to get her parents out of Germany; marriage; obtaining documents for her parents; learning they were detained because her mother was under sixty; after the war learning they had been deported to Theresienstadt, then Auschwitz; and arrival of their luggage. Ms. B. discusses many relatives who were killed in camps; guilt concerning her parents' deaths; pervasive painful memories; refusing to speak German for many years; and reluctance to discuss her experiences, even with her children.
    B., Hella, 1915-
    Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
    Interview Date
    May 21, 1987.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Neuss (Germany)
    Seville (Spain)
    Lüdenscheid (Germany)
    Nuremberg (Germany)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Cite As
    Hella B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1046). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    McHugh, Robin, interviewer.
    Weinstein, Bernard, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 25 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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