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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2622

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    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)
    Cite As
    Lisa O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2622). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cooper, Tobi, interviewer.
    Additional written material is available in the repository.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 52 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.

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