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Eva and Frank S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-235) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-235

Videotape testimony of Eva and her husband Frank S., both of whom are from Germany. Mrs. S. describes her childhood in a well-to-do assimilated Jewish family in Berlin; her vivid recollection of the day that Hitler came to power; the changes that took place in Nazi Germany, particularly as they affected her in school; Kristallnacht; her emigration to England, as part of a children's transport; and her life in England. Mr. S. speaks of his childhood and youth in Breslau; experiences with antisemitism in school, beginning shortly before Hitler came to power; and the patriotism of German Jews and their refusal to take Hitler seriously. He also discusses his apprenticeship to a Nazi electrician; Kristallnacht, during which he was helped by his non-Jewish cleaning lady; his flight to England, where he worked until the war began, when he was confined as an enemy alien and eventually interned in a German POW camp in Canada; his return to England; and his sense of gratitude for having been spared the fate that Hitler had intended for all Jews.

S., Eva, 1922-
Bridgeport, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979
Interview Date
August 7, 1979.
Great Britain
Berlin (Germany)
Wrocław (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4in. master; 3/4in. dub; and 1/2in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva and Frank S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-235). Fortunoff Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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