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Elizabeth D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-95) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-95

Videotape testimony of Elizabeth D., a Jehovah's Witness, who was born in Germany in 1929 and grew up in Saxony. She relates her father's activities as a Jehovah's Witness; his repeated arrests beginning shortly after Hitler's rise to power; his final arrest in 1936; and her mother's arrest at that time. She speaks of the 1936 trial of Jehovah's Witnesses, including her parents; her mother's two and a half year sentence; her father's imprisonment; his refusal to renounce his faith; and his eventual death in Sachsenhausen. Mrs. D. recalls living with her grandparents during her parents' imprisonment; her and her brother's fear, loneliness and passive resistance ("quiet defiance") both in and out of school; being forced to 'voluntarily' join the Hitler Youth; and her Hitler Youth activites. She also tells of her recent decision to speak about her wartime experiences.

Author/Creator
D., Elizabeth, 1929-
Published
Boston, Mass. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
July 22, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elizabeth D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-95). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimony, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/616221
Record last modified: 2015-01-07 16:05:00
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