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Ann J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2835) interviewed by Ramona R. W. Kirsch and Mary Grace Lanese

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2835

Videotape testimony of Ann J., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1926 to an affluent family. She recounts having two half siblings from her father's first marriage and a younger brother; moving to Stuttgart in 1932; her father losing his job due to anti-Jewish laws; moving to Vienna, her father's native city; rejection from public school due to anti-Jewish laws; the Anschluss in March 1938; several expulsions from their apartments; her older brother's arrest on Kristallnacht; assistance from a former non-Jewish employee; her older brother's release after two weeks; learning he had been whipped; his emigration to England and her older sister's to Prague; preparing for a kindertransport to England with her younger brother; obtaining papers for the United States prior to their scheduled departure; their emigration with their parents to the United States in April 1939; assistance from relatives in the U.S.; her parents' difficulties adjusting; and becoming a citizen when she married at age nineteen. Ms. J. discusses constant fear prior to emigration; only learning of the death camps after liberation; protecting her children from her experiences; and visits to Germany and Austria.

Author/Creator
J., Ann, 1926-
Published
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
November 2, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ann J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2835). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4297076
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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