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Bery S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4347) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4347

Videotape testimony of Bery S., who was born in Galați, Romania in 1930. She recounts her family's move to Izmaïl; her parents' divorce; celebrating Passover with her extended family; her mother's remarriage and move to Bucharest; living with her grandmother; attending public school; their move to Bucharest in 1940; her grandmother's return to Izmaïl; anti-Jewish restrictions; attending a Jewish school; hiding during violence against Jews; seeing corpses in the street; renting part of their house to the Swiss embassy, which provided some protection; being protected by her stepfather's friend who belonged to the fascist Garda de Fier; keeping two Jewish children with them; Allied bombings; liberation by Soviet troops; visiting her aunt and uncle in Botoșani; meeting her future husband; her stepfather defecting to Austria; paying to be smuggled with her family and future husband to Budapest; joining her stepfather in Vienna; moving to Paris; marriage; emigration to the United States; and her husband's draft during the Korean War. Ms. S. discusses communication from her biological father for a short time from the Soviet Union; finding his cousin in Israel; the murders of beloved family members in the Holocaust, including her uncle and grandparents; and her sense of guilt for having survived.

Author/Creator
S., Bery, 1930-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 2005
Interview Date
March 15, 2005.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 1/2 in. VHS submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bery S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4347). 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/7868534
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