Thea S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1739) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Lucia Rudenberg
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- March 26, 1990.
- 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.
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.