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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1046

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.

Author/Creator
B., Hella, 1915-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
May 21, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hella B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1046). 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/4294667
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 20:10:00
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