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Rachelle C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1322) interviewed by Lucille B. Ritvo and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1322

Videotape testimony of Rachelle C., who was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1919. Mrs. C. recalls attending Jewish schools; Hitler's rise to power; the Nazi boycott of her family's business; and imposition of the Nuremberg laws. She details events of Kristallnacht, including a teacher who hid her brother; seeing her father being taken away wearing his old army uniform and Iron Cross; and destruction of the family business. She tells of her mother proceeding with family emigration plans while her father was incarcerated; departure via Antwerp with her family in December 1938; arrival in San Salvador; leaving her father (who was a Polish citizen) there; going by freighter to San Francisco, California, in early 1939; working as a governess; attending night school; sending money to her father (he arrived in 1940); her brother's service in the Merchant Marine; her feelings of gratitude towards the United States; and impressions from a recent visit to Hamburg with her late husband.

C., Rachelle, 1919-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
June 7, 1990.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Rachelle C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1322). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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