Renate K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1615) interviewed by Betty Erickson-Elliot and Diane M. Plotkin
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
- Interview Date
- March 15, 1991.
- 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.
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.