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Ursula M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1133) interviewed by Debbie McFadden and John Tiebout

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1133

Videotape testimony of Ursula M., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1918 to a Jewish-Romanian father and a Christian mother who had converted to Judaism. She recounts attending school; expulsion of the Jews after Hitler's ascent to power and issuance of racial laws; remaining because she was a foreign national and child of a German non-Jew; her mother's refusal to divorce her father in order to attain “Aryan” status; her future husband's emigration in 1937; hiding Jews in their home during Kristallnacht; her parents' emigration to England in May 1939 (she was to follow shortly); her father ordering her to visit relatives in Bucharest in late August, thus escaping prior to the war; her father's visit; their inability to leave after the United States entered the war, despite her fiancé sending documents for the United States; teaching English; Allied bombings; communicating with her mother and future husband through the Red Cross; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Prague in August 1946; assistance from HIAS; living in London with her mother for three months; emigration to join her fiancé in the United States in 1947; marriage; the births of two children; her husband's death thirteen years later; and remarriage. Ms. M. notes learning about the Holocaust in Prague after the war, and visiting her aunt in Germany in the 1960s.

Author/Creator
M., Ursula, 1918-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987
Interview Date
October 24, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ursula M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1133). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.