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Edith G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-571) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Linda Pasternak

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-571

Videotape testimony of Edith G., who was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1905 and adopted. She recalls living in Copenhagen; returning to Germany; her close family; marriage in 1928; and the births of her children. She describes her husband's arrest in 1935; his twenty-month incarceration; their move to Holland; German bombing of Rotterdam; moving to Zeist; not having to wear the yellow star, though her husband and children had to, because a Dutch policeman did not classify her as a Jew due to lack of information about her biological parents; arranging several hiding places for her children through the underground; her arrest, encounter with Ferdinand aus der Fünten, head of the Gestapo, and release; extreme hunger in 1944-1945; liberation; learning of her husband's death in Auschwitz; a short stay in Denmark; marriage to an older man and his death; emigration to the United States with her daughter; and her son's marriage in Holland. Mrs. G. discusses their close family relationship; her reluctance to discuss the Holocaust because no one can understand the experience and the inadequacy of words to describe it; her daughter's refusal to discuss the topic even with her own children; and her own fear that Jews are not safe anyplace.

Author/Creator
G., Edith, 1905-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
April 28, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edith G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-571). 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/963039
Record last modified: 2015-01-07 15:44:00
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