Margrit R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-773) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Helen Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- October 15, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Margrit R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-773). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Margrit R., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1925. Mrs. R. describes her early childhood; anti-Jewish legislation; and her family's emigration to Amsterdam in 1935 where her father died of natural causes in 1937. She recalls the German occupation of Holland in 1940; her mother's reluctance to leave when they had the opportunity; deportations and their efforts to avoid them; arrest in October 1943; and the deportation to Westerbork of Mrs. R., her sister and her mother. Mrs. R. tells of their transport to Ravensbrück in February 1944; conditions and work; the death of her mother from typhus; their transfer to Terezín on a public train under guard; their quarantine for four weeks; and being interviewed by Adolf Eichmann, the commander of the camp, and other high ranking SS officers, who eventually told them they were specially protected due to a potential prisoner exchange. Mrs. R. recalls escaping to Prague with her sister when the Soviet army passed Terezín; their return to Holland; her education; and emigration to the United States. Other topics include her postwar work with surviving children and the importance of conveying the positive aspects of prisoner behavior in the camps to the next generation and pride in Jewish survival.