Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Eva M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2498) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2498

Videotape testimony of Eva M., who was born in Offenburg, Germany in 1931, the youngest of three sisters. She recounts cordial relations with non-Jews; holidays in Bad Dürrheim; anti-Jewish restrictions with the rise of Nazism; boarding with a family to attend a Jewish school in Freiburg; her oldest sister contracting polio; her father's deportation to Dachau in November 1938; his release based on his leaving the country; his emigration to England; moving to Munich; placement of her sick sister in a children's home (they never saw her again); returning to Offenburg; deportation with her mother and other sister to Gurs in October 1940; singing in a choir there; assistance from the Red Cross; transfer a year later to Rivesaltes; release with her sister to an OSE children's home; the traumatic parting from her mother (she was deported and killed); being hidden in a convent, then returned to the children's home; communications from their father through a friend in Switzerland; being smuggled with her sister via Annemasse to Switzerland in April 1943; joining their father in England after the war; attending school; marriage to a survivor; her sister's emigration to the United States; and the birth of three children. Ms. M. discusses their German maid who helped them throughout the war; receiving photographs and documents from the maid, including her oldest sister's diary; visiting her; her children's and her sister's daughter's interest in her experiences; writing about them with a co-author; and speaking in German schools. She shows photographs, documents, and the book.

Author/Creator
M., Eva, 1931-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
September 23, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2498). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Expand all
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296836
Record last modified: 2014-02-20 09:32:00
This page: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/hvt4296836