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Jenny S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1579) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Susanna Newman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1579

Videotape testimony of Jenny S., who was born in 1926 in Vienna, Austria, an only child. She recalls an comfortable and happy life; warm Sabbath and holiday observances; changes, particularly after the Anchluss; her father's arrest and release; eviction from their apartment; her father's second arrest (she never saw him again); her mother registering her for emigration to the United States; leaving Vienna in May 1941; spending three days in Berlin with her mother and her friend Louise prior to leaving; their painful departure (she never saw her again); traveling with Louise; a ship voyage from Portugal; a brief stay in an orphanage; living with a kind foster family in Chicago; moving to New York to attend college; meeting her future husband; and marriage after graduation. Ms. S. discusses her lost childhood; a reunion with her maternal uncle in New York; living with pervasive pain and fear; not sharing her story with her children until they were older; continuing friendship with Louise; and gratitude to and appreciation for the United States. She shows photographs and documents.

S., Jenny, 1926-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 5, 1990.
United States
Vienna (Austria)
Berlin (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jenny S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1579). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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