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Erica S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2398) interviewed by Diane M. Plotkin and Mark Jacobs

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2398

Videotape testimony of Erica S., who was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1909, one of two children. She recounts attending boarding school in Frankfurt am Main; meeting her future husband in Wiesbaden; marriage in 1932 after he completed dental school; the births of two children; laws prohibiting her husband from practicing; his trip to London to arrange for their emigration; sending their children to stay with her parents in September 1938; Kristallnacht; her father's arrest; her husband's deportation to Buchenwald when she went to get the children; obtaining his release (her uncle died there); boarding a ship in Hamburg with her children, husband, his two sisters, and a dental technician; traveling to Amsterdam, then Dover; visiting her former governess, who later assisted her brother and his family to leave Germany for England; a four-week journey to British Honduras (presently Belize); bringing her parents, other relatives, and friends from Germany; arrest as enemy aliens; transfer to Panama; her father suffering a stroke; her husband's transfer to a prisoner of war camp in Tennessee; transfer with her children and parents to Ellis Island, then to an internment camp in Texas; minimizing her contact with the non-Jewish, German prisoners; visits from a local rabbi; her children's bar and bat mitzvahs; her husband's arrival; their release; and her father's death in 1943. Ms. S. notes her husband's inability to practice in the United States and his reluctance to discuss his time in Buchenwald. She shows documents.

Author/Creator
S., Erica, 1909-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
Interview Date
December 16, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erica S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2398). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.