Henry F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-697) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Brenda Stiefel and interpreted by Margaret Ransom
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- April 14, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Henry F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-697). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Henry F., who was born in Meerholz, Germany in 1919. He recalls his father, a kosher butcher, his mother, a dressmaker and an older brother; attending a Jewish school for the deaf in Berlin from the age of five for ten years; Nazi harassment; graduation in 1935; and apprenticeship to a tailor in Frankfurt, despite his desire to become an engineer, because of anti-Jewish restrictions. He describes his brother's emigration to the United States in 1937; knowing many deaf people who were sterilized by Nazi law; moving to Mannheim; difficulties obtaining documents (he shows his exit document); emigration to the United States; work in a defense plant; learning English and English sign language; learning the print trade after the war; marriage; and his children and grandchildren. Mr. F. emphasizes the importance of future generations learning about events in Germany and shows a photograph of his class from the Jewish school for the deaf of whom only two (including himself) survived.