Nelly G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4441) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2011
- Interview Date
- March 29, 2011.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Nelly G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4441). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Nelly G., who was born in Berlin in 1930, an only child. She recounts that her mother was Czech and her father Hungarian; their orthodoxy; her mother's siblings joining them; her aunt caring for her while her mother worked; visiting both sets of grandparents with her mother when she was five; her aunt's marriage and birth of her cousin, whom she considered her sister; attending a religious school; increasing antisemitism and anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's trip to the United States in 1938 to visit his siblings and arrange for her and her mother to join him; her mother's siblings and families returning to Czechoslovakia (none survived); violent harassment; Kristallnacht; eviction from their apartment; her father obtaining documents for them; his return after a year; meeting him in Antwerp; the U.S. consulate advising her mother and her to return to Berlin and informing her father that he could not return to the U.S. due to his Hungarian citizenship; returning to Berlin with her mother; receiving their visas; their emigration to the United States via Genoa in January 1940; living briefly with her father's brother, then with HIAS; attending school; futile efforts to get her father to the U.S., his letters stopping; her mother's remarriage after the war; her marriage in 1948 to a survivor from her mother's town; visiting Germany with her son in 1971 at the invitation of the government; and learning from the Red Cross in 1995 that her father had been killed in Sobibor. Ms. G. shows photographs, documents, and reads from letters. She notes were it not for her father, she and her mother would not have survived.