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Anne R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1705) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Susanna Newman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1705

Videotape testimony of Anne R., who was born in Ichenhausen, Germany in 1925. She recalls her observant home; attending a Jewish school; a large and close extended family; joyous holiday celebrations; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's death in 1936; attending boarding school in Frankfurt; being called home at Kristallnacht; violence against Jews by former friends and neighbors; living with an aunt in Augsburg; receiving papers for a kindertransport in July 1939; parting from her mother and younger sister in August (they were supposed to join her in October, but war intervened and she never saw them again); being placed by Bloomsbury House with families in London; abusive situations; improved living in an orphanage in Tunbridge Wells caring for young children; reassignment to difficult factory work in Manchester; returning to London in 1940; working in the garment center, then reassignment working with Anna Freud from 1941 to 1945; emigrating to the United States in 1946 to join her uncle; and her nursing career. Ms. R. discusses feeling blessed to have had a wonderful sister and parents; the loss of her childhood; her rich experience working for Freud; involvement with Judaism; visiting her father's grave; and writing about her experiences. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
R., Anne, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 5, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anne R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1705). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.