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Hildegard W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-937) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-937

Videotape testimony of Hildegard W., who was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1912. Mrs. W. describes her liberal Protestant childhood; unfamiliarity with Judaism and antisemitism before marrying a Jew in 1931; early Nazi anti-Semitic acts which they and others did not take seriously; their reluctance to abandon their successful business; the birth of her sons in 1933 and 1935; and a vacation in the Hartz mountains in 1936 during which an encounter with Nazis convinced her husband to emigrate. She recalls increased intimidation; the arrest of a homosexual employee; preparations to leave; and their departure in 1937 in the guise of a vacation to Switzerland. She discusses staying in Italy while seeking United States visas; an attempt by a German industrialist to recruit them for arms smuggling; their departure for the U.S. via Rotterdam in late 1938; unsuccessful attempts to persuade her brother-in-law to emigrate (he died at Terezín); and impressions from a 1984 trip to West Germany.

Author/Creator
W., Hildegard, 1912-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
August 14, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hildegard W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-937). 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/972021
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