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Lori S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1321) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1321

Videotape testimony of Lori S., who was born in Linnich, Germany, in 1922. Mrs. S. speaks of her family's longstanding local prominence; the Nazi boycott of her father's department store; the family's move to Sittard, Holland, in 1934; German invasion in 1940; anti-Semitic measures; ignoring friends' advice to hide; and her family's internment in Westerbork in November 1942. She details camp regimen; her father's anguish at working for the camp Jewish police; naiveté about the destination of departing transports; transfer to Terezín in September 1944; separation from her parents and brother; learning of her father and brother's deportation to Auschwitz; forced labor; and close bonds among her group of female prisoners. She recounts refusing inclusion in a prisoner exchange (her father had advised her not to volunteer for anything); elaborate German ruses during a Red Cross visit; depression on learning of Roosevelt's death; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her brother; returning to Holland with her mother; and emigration to the United States in 1947.

Author/Creator
S., Lori, 1922-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
June 4, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lori S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1321). 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/982287
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:48:00
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