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Claire G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4428) interviewed by Susan Millen and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4428

Videotape testimony of Claire G., who was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1923, the oldest of four daughters. She recalls a wonderful childhood in an affluent home; her family's orthodoxy; her paternal uncle and his children emigrating to Palestine in 1933; excitement, as a child, at seeing Hitler parade in her town; the sudden loss of non-Jewish friends due to the rise of Nazism; having to transfer to Jewish school; correspondence with a cousin in the United States to improve her English; writing of her desire to emigrate; her uncle obtaining papers for her; traveling with her mother to Stuttgart to obtain her papers; emigration to the United States in June 1938; loneliness, despite her relatives' loving home; her parents' letters informing them they had been relocated to Poland (her uncle had obtained permission for them to emigrate to the U.S.); notification in 1942 that her parents' possessions had arrived in New York; buying some items at an auction for unclaimed merchandise, including her mother's candlesticks; marriage in 1948; and the births of three children. Ms. G. discusses her good luck and the wonderful people in her life; loneliness despite her loving family; continuing close relations with her relatives in Israel who knew her parents; and visiting Düsseldorf with her daughter in the 1990s. She shows photographs, documents, and letters.

Author/Creator
G., Claire, 1923-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2009
Interview Date
November 30, 2009.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DV Cam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Claire G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4428). 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/9365019
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