Hilde C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-196) interviewed by Harvey Ruben
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
- Interview Date
- July 5, 1983.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hilde C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-196). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hilde C., who was born in the village of Nieder Ohmen, Germany, in 1924. She discusses her family life and memories of prewar Germany and the rise of Nazism; her transfer in 1935 to a Jewish Orthodox school in nearby Frankfurt; studying in Würzburg; and her flight after Kristallnacht to join her family in Frankfurt. She tells of her deportation to Łódź in 1940; the year she spent in the ghetto, where her parents, grandparents, and fiance perished; and the differing reactions of men and women to the conditions there. She recounts her transport to Auschwitz in 1944 and recalls life there. Mrs. C. describes the death march from Auschwitz; liberation by the Russians; her transport eastward behind Russian lines; and eventually being smuggled across allied lines into Austria, where she lived in a displaced persons camp. She also speaks of her emigration to the United States; her family and life here; and becoming more religious after her wartime experiences.