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John M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-789) interviewed by Emanuel Landau and Miriam Forman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-789

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of John M., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1921. Mr. M. recalls his family background and education; not being permitted to finish school because he was Jewish; pro-Hitler demonstrations; activities in an anti-fascist organization with his brother and friends; Austrian support for the Anschluss; anti-Jewish violence; and the forced dissolution of his father's business. He describes having to move; sadness at leaving his childhood home; working for the Jewish community, which gave him some protection; warning friends or family of impending deportations, thus saving their lives; his brother's membership in a Zionist organization, hoping to emigrate to Palestine; emigration to the United States with his brother and mother in May 1940; and parting from his father (they obtained only three visas). Mr. M. tells of aid received from HIAS; being drafted into the United States army; learning his father was in Terezín; attempts to save him; duty interrogating German prisoners; learning of his father's death in Auschwitz; and returning to the United States in January 1946. Other topics include his postwar life and feelings of guilt that he could not save his father.
    Author/Creator
    M., John, 1921-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
    Interview Date
    November 15, 1986.
    Locale
    Austria
    Vienna (Austria)
    United States
    Cite As
    John M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-789). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Landau, Emanuel, interviewer.
    Forman, Miriam, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 32 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Zionist organizations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1009578
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:46:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt1009578

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