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Renate K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1615) interviewed by Betty Erickson-Elliot and Diane M. Plotkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1615

Videotape testimony of Renate K., who was born in Kassel, Germany in 1926. She recounts her family's assimilated lifestyle; attending German school; cordial relations with non-Jews; increasing antisemitism in the 1930s; former friends ignoring her; anti-Jewish restrictions; her violin teacher discontinuing her lessons; a woman in their building, whose son was a Nazi official, offering her lessons despite the prohibition; Kristallnacht; her father's and grandfather's deportation to Buchenwald; their release several weeks later; her father's ruined health; expulsion from school; obtaining visas; and emigration to the United States with her brother and parents in April 1939. Ms. K. notes the death of many relatives, including her maternal grandfather who died in Buchenwald; her maternal grandmother's emigration to South America in December 1941, then her joining them in the United States; and visiting Theresienstadt in 1990, where her paternal grandmother had perished.

K., Renate, 1926-
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
Interview Date
March 15, 1991.
Kassel (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Renate K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1615). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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