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Thea S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1739) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Lucia Rudenberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1739

Videotape testimony of Thea S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1921, an only child. She recalls visiting relatives in Poland; living with her mother in Germany for a year in the late 1920s; attending gymnasium; participating in Maccabi and other Zionist organizations; the Anschluss in March 1938; dismissal of her Jewish teachers; prohibition from employing their non-Jewish maid; Nazi harassment; being forced to move many times; her boyfriend's arrest on Kristallnacht; non-Jewish neighbors hiding her father; obtaining British travel documents with assistance from an uncle in London; traveling with her parents to London via Belgium on December 24, 1938; working at a Zionist children's camp in Ashford Kent; its relocation to South Wales after the war broke out; and emigration with her parents to the United States via Halifax in February 1940. Ms. S. discusses their adjustment to the United States, marriage to a Viennese refugee; and the loss of many relatives in the Holocaust. She shows photographs and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
S., Thea, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
March 26, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Thea S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1739). 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/4317636
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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