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Selma A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3975) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3975

Videotape testimony of Selma A. who was born in Mannheim, Germany in 1905. She recounts moving at age one to Halberstadt; her father volunteering during World War I; their assimilated lifestyle; attending high school; working in Hamburg; her mother's death in 1927; marriage in 1932 (her husband's father was American); anti-Jewish restrictions starting in 1933; her son's birth; leaving for Antwerp; German invasion in 1940; her husband's arrest and incarceration in Gurs; his release when his father sent United States citizenship papers; his emigration to the U.S.; traveling to Marseille; paying a guide to smuggle her and her son across the Pyrenees to Spain; her brief arrest in Spain; her son's assignment to an orphanage; retrieving her son; living in Barcelona, Madrid, and Libson; assistance from HIAS; and emigration to the United States in 1943. Ms. A. discusses her husband establishing a business; his grandfather's service as a Jewish chaplain during the Civil War; her daughter's birth; and her husband's death in 1974.

Author/Creator
A., Selma, 1905-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1999
Interview Date
May 14, 1999.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Selma A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3975). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.