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Beatrice P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1847) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1847

Videotape testimony of Beatrice P., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1926. She recalls antisemitic harassment of her brother; moving to Warsaw in 1932 or 1933, then to Brussels; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; hiding with her family in 1941; obtaining false papers; capture with her brother by Germans in Besançon while fleeing to Switzerland in 1942; their release by an officer because she resembled his daughter; returning to hide with their parents; a German raid; her escape (she never saw her family again); assistance from a non-Jewish neighbor; hiding briefly with a non-Jewish friend; obtaining false papers from her brother's Jewish professor; being hidden in a convent, then in the Ardennes; liberation by United States troops; searching for relatives; hearing from her uncle in the United States; moving to London; emigration to the United States; and marriage in 1951. Mrs. P. discusses continuing pain at her brother's death; her children's interest in her experiences; the importance of treating all people equally; and her optimistic outlook. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
P., Beatrice, 1926-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
October 8, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Beatrice P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1847). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296213
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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