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Harry D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1349) interviewed by Irene Wasserkrug and Ellen Nusgart,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1349

Videotape testimony of Harry D., who was born in Rīga, Latvia in 1928. He recalls a comfortable life as the only child of two members of the intelligentsia (his father was a concert pianist and music teacher); attending Jewish schools; drastic changes after Soviet occupation; German occupation in 1941; Latvian anti-Jewish violence; ghettoization; his grandfather's disappearance during a round-up; and taking his mother's advice to say he was older in order to accompany his father (he never saw her again). Mr. D. describes work in an SS hospital; arrival of German Jews; execution of Jewish police for planning a revolt; evacuation to Kaiserwald; transfer with his father to a satellite camp; improved conditions; return to Kaiserwald in the spring of 1944; transfer to Stutthof, then one week later to Buchenwald; sleeping in the woods due to overcrowding; transfer to Zeitz; Allied bombings; arrival of Hungarian Jews; deteriorating conditions; return to Buchenwald in January 1945; liberation; learning his father was dead; recuperation in Switzerland; and emigration to the United States in 1947. He discusses the inhumane conditions at twice daily roll calls and his reluctance to tell of his experience for many years.

D., Harry, 1928-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
June 11, 1989.
Rīga (Latvia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harry D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1349). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.