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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4324

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    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.
    G., Helga, 1923-
    Rochester, N.Y. : National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2001
    Interview Date
    October 25, 2001.
    Germany (West)
    Germany (East)
    Hamburg (Germany)
    Bavaria (Germany)
    Leipzig (Germany)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Helga G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4324). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Carmel, Simon J., interviewer.
    This interview was conducted in American sign language with voice-over and closed-caption in English.

    Physical Details

    Sign languages
    3 copies: Betacam SP submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (56 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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