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Janet B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-227) interviewed by Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-227

Videotape testimony of Janet B., who was born in Berlin in 1935 of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. Mrs. B. details her childhood memories of antisemitism; the divorce of her parents so her father could join the German army; and her friendship with a German boy with whom she went places where Jews were not allowed. She tells of her and her mother's arrest following the death of her father on the Russian front; her brief return home for provisions, enabling her to destroy possessions and leave a bucket of urine and excrement to be tripped over by anyone who entered the apartment to loot it; and her unusual trip to Theresienstadt. She describes life in Theresienstadt; the improvement of conditions during a Red Cross visit; her and her mother's liberation and return to Berlin; and her reunion with her German friend. She relates her unhappy stays in various rest homes; her and her mother's emigration to the United States in 1946; and her adjustment to her new life. Mrs. B. also describes her participation in the Precious Legacy exhibit and the revival of memories, not previously awakened by a visit, when viewing a German propaganda film about Theresienstadt.

Author/Creator
B., Janet, 1935-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
Interview Date
December 19, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Janet B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-227). 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/752847
Record last modified: 2014-11-05 11:13:00
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