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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-789

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.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
John M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-789). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1009578
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