Maren F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2508) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
- Interview Date
- April 30, 1993.
- 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.
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.