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Helga G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4324) interviewed by Simon J. Carmel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4324

Videotape testimony of Helga G., a Lutheran, who was born deaf in Hamburg, Germany in 1923, the oldest of five children. She recalls attending a school for the deaf; Hitler's assumption of power; her parents' and other relatives' anti-Nazi beliefs; being forced by a teacher to join a Nazi group (N.S.D.A.P.); observing Jews wearing the yellow star; the disappearance of Jews; a deaf teacher informing the class he was to be involuntarily sterilized; his suicide when his arrest was imminent as an anti-Nazi; her involuntary sterilization; meeting her future husband in Leipzig (he was deaf and also had been sterilized); apprenticeship as a weaver; destruction of their home in Allied bombings; her parents' move to Bavaria; joining them; visiting an aunt in Munich; hearing rumors about atrocities; arrival of United States troops; marriage; living in East Germany; escaping to West Germany two years later; living with her parents in Hamburg; emigration to the United States, despite restrictions on deaf immigration, with assistance from an American friend; her husband's death; and her remarriage. Ms. G. discusses sadness that she could not have children.

Author/Creator
G., Helga, 1923-
Published
Rochester, N.Y. : National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2001
Interview Date
October 25, 2001.
Language
Sign languages
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Helga G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4324). 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/6798916
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:33:00
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