Gertrude S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1459) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein,
Videotape testimony of Gertrude S., who was born in Hausberge an der Porta, Germany in 1919, one of two sisters. She recounts her family's move to a small town in Hessen, then to Hannover; increasing antisemitism after 1933; apprenticing as a seamstress in Dortmund; anti-Jewish restrictions; Kristallnacht; living briefly in Munich; Allied bombings; her family's unsuccessful effort to obtain emigration papers in Stuttgart; their deportation to the Rīga ghetto; forced labor; frequent round-ups; her parents' deportation (she never saw them again); a friend preventing her from committing suicide; transfer with her sister to Hamburg; a death march to Kiel; her sister lancing her infected arm; a doctor providing treatment and food; transfer to Flensburg, then Denmark and Sweden; and emigration to the United States three years later. Ms. S. discusses psychological problems resulting from her experiences and a 1980 trip to Hausberge and Hannover sponsored by the city of Hannover. She shows documents, photographs, and objects made in Rīga.
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- January 25, 1989.
Hausberge an der Porta (Germany)
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Gertrude S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1459). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.