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Elsa R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-625) interviewed by Emanuel Landau and Lilian Sicular

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-625

Videotape testimony of Elsa R., who was born in Lübeck, Germany, in 1908. Ms. R. tells of leaving her family in 1929 to work in Munich; antisemitism; disillusionment with her Christian fiance, who alone knew she was Jewish; and obtaining a post in Turin, Italy in 1935 with the help of an anti-Nazi company official. She relates visiting her sister in Rome; friendship with her firm's Turin representative; the 1938 laws expelling all foreign Jews; unsuccessful attempts to obtain an American visa; her friends' bribery of police, so her file might be "lost"; arrest; transport in 1940 to a women's camp for political internees and prostitutes at Casacalenda; camp conditions; receiving permission for an unsupervised visit to Turin; Italian capitulation; German occupation; and liberation by Canadian soldiers. She recounts briefly staying at an ex-POW camp in Bari; working for the Allied Military Government (AMG); transfer to another AMG detachment at Udine; departure on a liberty ship from Genoa; and arrival in Charleston, South Carolina. She reflects on how the war changed her life; pride in her achievements; and closeness with her sister.

Author/Creator
R., Elsa, 1908-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 3, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elsa R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-625). 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/982249
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