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Erena A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-148) interviewed by Dori Laub

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-148

Videotape testimony of Erena A., who was born in Munich in 1914, after the outbreak of World War I. She describes her Bohemian childhood in the town of Dachau; the early death of her father; her imprisonment with her mother, who had been arrested for communist tendencies; and her Catholic education in Vienna under the guardianship of her maternal grandparents, whom she discovered after the war to be Sephardic Jews. Ms. A. talks of life in the artistic communities of Berlin; the growth of politics within those communities from a peripheral to a central position; her underground activities as a member of an anti-Nazi group; her pretending to be pro-Hitler in order to survive; and the appeal of Nazi propaganda to the general population. Also discussed are her flight, with her child, to Switzerland; her life in France from 1937-1940; her emigration and life in the United States; and her feelings about her return to Germany in 1950 after the death of her mother.

Author/Creator
A., Erena, 1914-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
March 6, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erena A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-148). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.