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Eva G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4392) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4392

Videotape testimony of Eva G., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1920, an only child. She recalls a comfortable childhood in an assimilated family; attending private school, then at age ten, public school; observing Hitler marching from their balcony; close relations with their maids, which ended abruptly after the Nuremberg laws; the trauma of being shunned by former friends; hiding during Kristallnacht; her parents sending her to England in March 1939; working as a maid in London, and as a secretary in Epsom and at a paper factory; her parents emigrating to the United States, with assistance from a cousin who knew President Roosevelt's daughter; and joining them in 1943. Ms. G. notes her father was an American citizen (his father and grandfather were born in the United States), but lost his citizenship for serving in the German military during World War I; connecting with her family after arrival in the U.S.; her lifelong distrust of non-Jews due to her experiences; and considering herself extremely lucky. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
G., Eva, 1920-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2007
Interview Date
March 14, 2007.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4392). 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/7847672
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