Judith E. testimony 2012 [video recording]
Date of Recording02 December 2012
Duration2h 52m 0.0s
SynopsisJudith E. was born in East Prussia on March 7, 1926. She describes her family and recalls that her parents had Austrian citizenship until 1938. Her family moved to Konigsberg where her father ran a business. She describes experiencing antisemitic harassment at school. She recounts how her parents sent her and her sister to Czechoslovakia in the fall of 1933, believing it to be safer. They returned after 7 months. She recalls hearing political speeches and broadcasts of the Berlin Olympics on the radio. She describes seeing parades. She recalls her parents losing their Austrian citizenship during Anschluss and moving the family to Berlin. She describes Kristallnacht and her father going into hiding for weeks after. She describes how her family applied for Canadian visas and travelled through France to Britain. She recalls arriving in Canada and attending school in Toronto. She discusses her parents’ decision for them to deny their religious affiliation. She recalls her parents connecting with other refugees. She discusses learning about relatives who died in Europe including her grandmother. Judith recounts meeting her husband and their marriage. She describes their move to the United States and their return to Canada due to McCarthyism. She describes her family’s application for restitution. She discusses how she does not identify as a Holocaust survivor. She discusses her Jewish identity. Judith shows photographs.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.