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Meta N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-696) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Brenda Steifel and interpreted by Candy Broeker,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-696

Videotape testimony of Meta N., who was born in Oberdorf, a small town near Stuttgart, Germany in 1915, and who became deaf at the age of two. Mrs. N. discusses the emigration of her brothers to the United States before 1941; daily life in Oberdorf between 1937 and 1941; and her deportation by cattle car to Rīga/Jungfernhof, Latvia, in November, 1941. She tells how she succeeded in hiding her deafness from guards and officials, once escaping a selection of deaf and other handicapped people, and how, knowing she was deaf, other prisoners helped her. She recalls the move from Jungfernhof to Kaiserwald in 1943, then to Stutthof/Danzig in 1944; being sent as a slave laborer to Korbin, Poland, where, near the battlefront, they slept in tents in the middle of winter; liberation by the Russians; and being sent to Bromberg, Poland, where she remained until the end of the war. Mrs. N. also speaks of her emigration to the United States in 1946; the tearful reunion with her siblings; her marriage in 1949; her children and grandchildren; and her desire to forget about the past.

N., Meta, 1915-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
April 14, 1986.
Oberdorf (Germany)
Bydgoszcz (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Meta N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-696). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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