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Alice F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4264) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4264

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.

Author/Creator
F., Alice, 1920-
Published
Evanston, Ill. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2003
Interview Date
November 5, 2003.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6467646
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