Miriam F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2387) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- February 22, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Miriam F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2387). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Miriam F., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1933, the youngest of three daughters. She recounts her family moving to Amsterdam in 1934; her father compiling a library/archive of Nazi documents; she and her sisters attending a Montessori school; her father bringing his library to London in 1939; German invasion in May 1940; her father arranging Paraguayan passports for them; anti-Jewish restrictions; deportation to Westerbork in June 1943; weekly transports to Auschwitz; her mother managing to keep them off the list for Auschwitz; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in January 1944 as exchange prisoners; her mother growing weak because she gave her children her food; placement on a train a year later; stopping briefly at Ravensbrück; arrival in Switzerland; her mother's death that night; the Swiss providing food and clothing; her father arranging for them to join him in the United States; debarkation on a Red Cross ship from Marseille; living with her father until his immigration status necessitated his return to England; living with several foster families; attending school; joining her father in London in 1947; her father's remarriage; her and sisters' marriages; becoming a scientist; the births of her children; and her father's death in 1964. Ms. F. notes gaps in her memory, and sharing her experiences with her children.