John M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-789) interviewed by Emanuel Landau and Miriam Forman
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 15, 1986.
- 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.
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.