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Anna R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2861) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan and Margot Brandes

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2861

Videotape testimony of Anna R., a Lutheran, who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1918. She recalls her family's commitment to and activities on behalf of the Social Democrats; the rise of fascism; her arrest for anti-Nazi activities; two one-year jail terms; release; helping found a home for children of suicides; hearing the Gestapo was seeking her; hiding; illegally entering Switzerland with assistance from the Communist Party; acceptance as a political refugee; meeting her future husband, a German-Jewish refugee; receiving contraband from an unknown source; arrest; learning she was pregnant; release to a sanitorium; her child's birth and death a few days later; incarceration in a labor camp; not being allowed to marry since Switzerland respected the Nuremberg laws for Germans; emigration with her future husband to Santo Domingo in January 1941; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Ms. R. discusses a visit to Vienna in 1958; raising her children without religion, except her youngest daughter (she was raised as a Christian); hoping for improved Christian-Jewish relations; the deportation and deaths of some of her husband's siblings; and her family's anti-Nazi activities. She shows photographs and a book about the Austrian anti-Nazi movement.

Author/Creator
R., Anna, 1918-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1995
Interview Date
March 24, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anna R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2861). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.