Marietta M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2182) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- September 16, 1992.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marietta M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2182). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marietta M., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1928. She recalls moving to Amsterdam in 1935; German invasion in May 1940; anti-Jewish laws, including expulsion from school; hiding; assistance from non-Jewish neighbors and the Dutch underground; her parents' arrest in 1942 when she was visiting neighbors; their arranging for her to join them in Westerbork; deferment from deportations due to their privileged positions; joining a Zionist youth group; assisting prisoners to the transports, not knowing their destination; acquiring forged Paraguayan passports with assistance from a cousin in Switzerland; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in January 1944; living in the exchange camp; her grandmother's death; forced labor; prisoners arriving from Auschwitz in horrendous condition; throwing clothes to them; becoming ill; her and her parents' assignment to an exchange transport bound for Switzerland in January 1945; assistance from Wehrmacht staff in Ravensburg; arrival at Lindele (Biberach); assistance from British prisoners from the Channel Islands; hospitalization; liberation in April 1945; living in Biberach displaced persons camp; moving to Paris with her parents with assistance from UNRRA; reunion with surviving relatives; and emigration to the United States in 1946. Ms. M. discusses organized prisoner activities in camps; drawing and writing in Bergen-Belsen to "get away from reality"; and differences between her and her mother's perceptions of their experiences. She shows photographs, documents, art, and poetry.