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Beatrice R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1796) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1796

Videotape testimony of Beatrice R., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1928. She recalls her affluent home; the Anschluss; her father's deportation to Dachau, then Buchenwald, in 1938; sending him packages; her mother liquidating their assets; purchasing her father's passage to Shanghai to obtain his release; his emigration to Shanghai (her mother followed); her mother placing her on a children's transport to Paris; pleasant conditions in a castle; German invasion; transfer to another home; receiving false papers; transfer to a girls' religious home; deportations; her breakdown after many children were deported; a former teacher arranging to smuggle a group to Switzerland; interrogation in Geneva about the smugglers; living with a foster family; meeting her future husband; recovering her health while living with his family for a year; moving to Lugano to prepare for illegal immigration to Palestine; learning about concentration camps from survivors; illegal entry into Palestine in 1946; living on a kibbutz, then in Tel Aviv; reunion with her parents in San Francisco in 1951; living in Canada, New York, then Antwerp; and emigration to Israel twenty years later. She shows photographs and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
R., Beatrice, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 23, 1991.
Locale
France
Vienna (Austria)
Austria
Paris (France)
Geneva (Switzerland)
Lugano (Switzerland)
Tel Aviv (Israel)
Palestine
Canada
Antwerp (Belgium)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.