Alice F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4264) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- Evanston, Ill. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2003
- Interview Date
- November 5, 2003.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Alice F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4264). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Alice F., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1920. She recounts anti-Jewish legislation; attending a Jewish nursing school; a cousin in England obtaining documents for her emigration; leaving on November 8 (she did not learn of Kristallnacht until her arrival in London); working at a hospital; categorization as an "enemy alien", resulting in her evacuation in 1940; communication from her parents through a friend in Sweden (they did not survive); joining the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad (JCRA) in 1943; not being allowed to leave due to her "enemy alien" status until August 1946; assignment to the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; working with the Joint and the survivor committee; trying to ease relations between German staff and survivors; meeting a German survivor, her future husband; traveling to Marseille with a group of children emigrating to Palestine; reunion with a cousin, from whom she learned her younger brother had not survived; marriage in 1948; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Ms. F. discusses organization in Belsen; inaccuracies in reports about that period; identifying with the survivors rather than the British authorities; continuing contacts with friends from Belsen; many survivors' reluctance (including her husband's) to share their experiences; and attending a reunion of Belsen children in 1995 and the fortieth anniversary of Belsen's liberation. She shows photographs and a newspaper article.