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Henry F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-697) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Brenda Stiefel and interpreted by Margaret Ransom,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-697

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    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.
    F., Henry, 1919-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
    Interview Date
    April 14, 1986.
    Meerholz (Germany)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Mannheim (Germany)
    Cite As
    Henry F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-697). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Ransom, Margaret, interpreter.
    Dwork, Bonnie, interviewer.
    Stiefel, Brenda, interviewer.
    This interview was conducted in American sign language and interpreted into spoken English.
    Copy of exit document available in repository.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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