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Anneliese R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-624) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Sergio Rothstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-624

Videotape testimony of Anneliese R., who was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1910. Ms. R. tells of her close, non-observant family; successive moves between 1914 and 1921; studying languages and history of art at Berlin University; switching to archaeology in 1932 after returning from a summer in Italy; studies at the German Archaeological Institute in Rome after Hitler's accession to power; receiving her doctorate in 1936; and training as a nurse in Geneva when she could not find a teaching position. She recalls her roommate's arrest before Hitler's visit to Rome in 1938; having to stay with her sister in Turin during the visit; registering at the American consulate in Milan; laws expelling all foreign Jews from Italy; joining her father in America in early 1939 (her mother arrived a month later); and efforts to rescue her sister who was interned in Italy in 1940. She relates adjustment to American life; becoming a secretary and later co-researcher with René Spitz; receiving a doctorate in psychology in 1957; and her research in eye contact, which brings together her interest and training in both psychology and archaeology.

R., Anneliese, 1910-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 3, 1985.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Anneliese R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-624). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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