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Ellen G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2738) interviewed by Josie Riger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2738

Videotape testimony of Ellen G., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1938. She recalls her parents' divorce; visiting her father; attending a Catholic school; a kind nun (she hid her mother at one time); expulsion from school; she and her brother attending a Jewish school; her mother keeping them inside on Kristallnacht; a non-Jewish patient of her uncle's placing them on a Kindertransport organized by a Quaker woman in England; living with a private school teacher in London (her brother was placed at a boarding school); transfer to Dorset after the onset of war; transfer to her brother's school (he had been deported to Australia as an enemy alien); friendships with the other students despite one antisemitic teacher; nursing training in London; cessation of communication from her mother; her brother's return in 1941; her mother's arrival in 1947 (she had hidden in Berlin); her mother's emigration to the United States; and following her in 1951. Ms. G. discusses her father's deportation and death; many non-Jews who helped her family; continuing friendships with schoolmates in England; a government sponsored trip to Berlin in 1993; younger Germans seeking forgiveness; and her lost youth. She shows documents.

Author/Creator
G., Ellen, 1926-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1994
Interview Date
July 12, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ellen G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2738). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.