Ann J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2835) interviewed by Ramona R. W. Kirsch and Mary Grace Lanese
- Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
- Interview Date
- November 2, 1994.
- 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.
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.