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Maren F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2508) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2508

Videotape testimony of Maren F., who was born in Kiel, Germany in 1938, the second daughter of a Jewish mother and non-Jewish father. Her war memories are primarily of bombings and running. She tells of her maternal family's emigration; her father's military service protecting them; her mother wearing a star, doing forced labor, and observing all the laws and regulations; destruction of their home in a 1943 bombing; hospitalization; hiding on a farm; leaving, fearing exposure; returning to Kiel; living in the apartment of evacuees; believing if her father returned, everything would be fine; her sister caring for her when their mother worked; meeting Jews after the war; recognizing she was different, but not knowing why (she never received any Jewish education); her father's return in 1950 from a Soviet POW camp; her parents' divorce; living in the Bremen displaced persons camp; and joining maternal relatives in the United States. Ms. F. discusses visiting her father with her husband in 1951; disappointment that he did not condemn German treatment of Jews; never seeing him again; hating the German language; identifying herself as a Jew; realizing she was a victim, and not to blame for what had happened to them; and trying to give her children a Jewish identity.

Author/Creator
F., Maren, 1938-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
Interview Date
April 30, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maren F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2508). 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/4318164
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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