Richard H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1148) interviewed by Elaine Tannenbaum and Susan Morris
- Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- January 19,1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Richard H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1148). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Richard H., who was born in 1911 in Kandel, Germany. He relates his father's World War I German military service; observes that there was no antisemitism in Kandel (they were one of two Jewish families); and discusses anti-Jewish legislation; confiscation of his family's business and car; arrest with his father and brother on Kristallnacht; incarceration in Dachau; hunger, cold and beatings; his father's release after eight weeks due to his German military service; his own release after twelve weeks providing he leave Germany; and living in Karlsruhe with his family. He describes many attempts to get United States visas; emigration in November 1939; meeting with Roosevelt's speech writer who did not believe his accounts of Dachau and instructed him to remain quiet about the fate of European Jews; questioning by government officials; fear of revealing information since his mother and brother remained in Germany; their emigration to the United States from Marseille in 1942; his father's death in Gurs; United States Army induction in 1942; interrogating German POWs; the arrogance of SS officers he encountered; empathy for German prisoners seen on cattle cars prior to learning of the treatment and fate of the Jews; his education; marriage in 1948 to a German refugee; and his career.