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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.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.