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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2508

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Germany
    Kiel (Germany)
    Cite As
    Maren F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2508). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zeiler, Rivie, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (57 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar effects.
    Hiding.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4318164
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:47:00
    This page:
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