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Oral history interview with Gertie Hotzner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.630 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0630

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Mrs. Hotzner's family and childhood in Vienna, Austria. Mrs. Hotzner remembers the increasing antisemitism that occurred in Austria after it was incorporated by Nazi Germany in March 1938, and relates that she, her brother Walter, and her mother were able to obtain visas because her father's sister was living in San Francisco. Mrs. Hotzner describes their journey and their separation from their father, who was in a different quota group. She describes adjusting to life in the United States, her mother's efforts to obtain funds to send for Mrs. Hotzner's father and other family members, and learning about her father's deportation from Vienna to Nisko, Poland. Mrs. Hotzner describes her father's experiences after the deportation, when he was sent to the Russian zone, his forced labor there, and his eventual death during the Holocaust. She discusses her life after the war, her marriage and the birth of her children, and reflects on issues relating to prejudice and guilt.

The collection also includes photocopies of letters and documents relating to Mrs. Gotzner's father.

Interviewee
Gertie Hotzner
Date
1990 July 25  (interview)
1990 September 12  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:21:05
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