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Eva H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1713) interviewed by Brenda Steifel and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1713

Videotape testimony of Eva H., who was born in Stettin, Germany (presently Szczecin, Poland) in 1934. She recounts her maternal grandfather was not Jewish; plans to emigrate to Cuba (they had tickets for the ship following the St. Louis); her father's privileged position as a physician and wounded World War I veteran; deportation to Lublin in February 1940; bringing her nursemaid as an adopted daughter which saved her; transfer to Bychawa; receiving packages from her grandparents who remained in Stettin; deportation to the Bełźyce ghetto; hiding during a round-up; transfer to Budzyń in May 1943; extra protection because her father treated the SS; public hangings; transfer to Wieliczka, then Płaszów; transfer with her mother to Auschwitz, then Ravensbrück; forced labor at a Siemans factory; a forced march; abandonment by their guards; liberation by Soviet troops; her mother's hospitalization; traveling to Stettin in July; reunion with her father and grandparents; all of them fleeing to Berlin; emigration to the United States; and her father's death in January 1947. Ms. H. discusses camp life; prisoners helping each other; pretending to be older; and death as an everyday part of life. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
H., Eva, 1934-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 11, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1713). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.