Lieselotte W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3722) interviewed by Anna Lipphardt and Veronika Lipphardt
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
- Interview Date
- September 13, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lieselotte W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3722). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lieselotte W., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1920, an only child. She recounts her father's World War I service; an idyllic childhood; identifying themselves as Germans, not Jews; the family movie business; her father being warned to leave in August 1933; traveling to Crikvenica, Yugoslavia; moving to Zagreb; expulsion from Yugoslavia in 1934; joining an uncle in Budapest; an expulsion from Hungary six months later; moving to Milan; her father's poor health; expulsion notice in 1938; her mother arranging through a friend for her to go to London; working in a children's home; joining the F.D.J.(Free German Youth); being classified as an enemy alien after war began; travel and relocation limitations; learning her father had died; working in Bristol; incarceration as an enemy alien in summer 1940; moving to Manchester; living and working in a Quaker home; efforts to contribute to the Allied war effort through F.D.J.; meeting her future husband in F.D.J.; marriage in 1942; her daughter's birth in 1944; learning her mother had died; and returning to Berlin for idealistic reasons. Ms. W. discusses not sharing their experiences with their children or informing them they were Jewish and losing contact with her relatives in the United States. She shows photographs and documents.