Christa M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-880) interviewed by Steven Schulz and Steve Crowe
- Peabody, Mass. : North Shore Jewish Federation Holocaust Center, 1987
- Interview Date
- March 14, 1987.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Christa M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-880). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Christa M., a non-Jewish German bystander who was born in Saarbrücken in 1930. She describes her early family life in a pro-Nazi household; her father's work for a big industrialist; the evacuation of her family to the Black Forest in 1938; and their move to Frankfurt and Ammerland in 1938. She vividly recalls her encounters with Jews after the enactment of the Nuremberg laws; the virulent anti-Semitic curriculum of her school; and the overnight disappearance of several people around her. She relates witnessing a prisoner evacuation from Dachau; being threatened by an SS for offering food to the prisoners; and her mother's disbelief of her experience. Ms. M. also tells of the arrival of American troops at the end of the war and her emigration to Paris, then the United States. Throughout her testimony, Ms. M. gives expression to her sympathy for the Jews and her feelings of estrangement from her schoolmates, teachers, and even her family.