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Marion L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-638) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-638

Videotape testimony of Marion L., who was born in Bielefeld, Germany in 1924 and raised in nearby Herford. Mrs. L. recalls her comfortable upper-middle-class childhood; playing in her father's tobacco warehouse; a non-Jewish girlfriend who refused to see her after joining a Nazi organization; a family employee's role in her home's looting on Kristallnacht; her father's return from incarceration at Sachsenhausen; being sent by her parents on a chidren's transport to Holland in 1939; and living in an orphanage with 100 other refugee children. She details the 1940 German attack; a prominent Christian Dutchwoman who arranged the group's escape on a freighter; interrogation by authorities in Liverpool; internment in a billiard hall in Wigan; losing contact with her parents when they were deported; a Dutch doctor who helped her obtain a nursing job; an old family friend who obtained a copy of her birth certificate; emigration to America in 1946; marriage to a German Jewish doctor who had left in 1933; becoming a social worker; reconciling with her childhood girlfriend; and a postwar return to Herford.

Author/Creator
L., Marion, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 11, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marion L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-638). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.