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Clara M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-310) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Shelly Dattner,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-310

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    Videotape testimony of Clara M., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929. She recalls attending Jewish school; her close family; sudden changes after the Anschluss; Crystal Night; and her father's and uncles' arrest and transport to Dachau. She describes his return in a month; an unsuccessful attempt to go to Belgium; and the winter in Vienna. Mrs. M. tells of going to Antwerp; the German invasion shortly thereafter; her father's internment in St. Cyprien, France; a short stay in Paris; settling in Marseille; visiting her father in Les Milles, a nearby camp; and their arrest and internment in Gurs. She relates the departure of her parents and older sister (children under twelve were exempted) for Drancy; being cared for with her brother by the OSE; life in a convent and a children's home; separation from her brother; living in Nice with her uncle and family under false papers; reunion with her brother after liberation; realizing that her parents might not return; visiting the railroad station hoping to find her sister; and emigration to relatives in the United States. She discusses the strong bond with her brother; the importance of her extended family's care and affection in making them not feel abandoned; and her sense of loss of her parents when she had her own children.
    M., Clara, 1929-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
    Interview Date
    November 11, 1984.
    Vienna (Austria)
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Marseille (France)
    Nice (France)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Clara M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-310). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tobin, Phyllis O. Ziman, interviewer.
    Dattner, Shelly, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (33 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Child survivors.

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