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Lisa O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2622) interviewed by Robert Randolph and Tobi Cooper,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2622

Videotape testimony of Lisa O., a non-Jew, who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. She recalls street fights between brown shirts and communists; playing with Jewish children; improved conditions after Hitler came to power; participating in the opening ceremony for the 1936 Olympics; saying goodbye to their Jewish doctor in 1938 when he emigrated; synagogue and book burnings; her mother's work with Martin Niemöller; being told Dachau was for those who wanted to harm the Reich; observing a sign forbidding Jews when vacationing in Baden-Baden; training as a teletypist in Giessen; volunteering to serve in Russia in exchange for a leave when her brother and brother-in-law were killed in the war; observing en route a train of Jewish deportees and the Warsaw ghetto (from outside); her fiancé arranging her transfer to Berlin; shootings and beatings after the July 20, 1944 Hitler assassination attempt; transfer to Weisbaden; arrest while escaping to Switzerland with her fiancé (he was involved in resistance, unbeknownst to her); release after one month; her fiancé's escape (they hid him until war's end); rape by Soviet troops despite her pregnancy; and shock and disbelief upon being informed of the concentration camps and extermination of Jews. Ms. O. believes many Germans were not Nazi supporters.

O., Lisa, 1922-
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
July 14, 1994.
Berlin (Germany)
Baden-Baden (Germany)
Giessen (Hesse, Germany)
Wiesbaden (Germany)
Warsaw (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lisa O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2622). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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