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Dorothy B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1766) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1766

Videotape testimony of Dorothy B., who was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1931. She recounts the history of her mother's and father's families; her father's modern orthodoxy; their affluent lifestyle; visiting her maternal relatives in Prague and a small Czech town; contrasting her formal German relatives with her casual Czech relatives; her family insulating her from antisemitism; a Nazi edict resulting in termination of employment of their non-Jewish maid; her father concealing his Jewish identity in public to avoid antisemitic violence; her mother's insistence that they leave Germany; liquidating their property; German police strip searching them at the Dutch border; and emigration to the United States from England. Mrs. B. discusses their reduced financial circumstances; learning her grandmother and aunt committed suicide after receiving deportation notices; her father's efforts to receive compensation from Germany for their property losses; and many details of the European cultures of her childhood. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Dorothy, 1931-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 10, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dorothy B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1766) 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/4317835
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