Dorothy B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1766) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- January 10, 1991.
- 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.
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.