Gertrude S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1459) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- January 25, 1989.
- 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.
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.