Alfred S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-865) interviewed by Debra Weinberg and Barry Cohen
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1992
- Interview Date
- February 16, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Alfred S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-865). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Alfred S., who was born in Mannheim, Germany in 1921. Mr. S. describes his family's strong sense of German identification and patriotism; the appearance of Nazis and antisemitism in his school; his growing sense of Jewish identity; alienation from his parents due to their refusal to recognize the danger of antisemitism; and participation in Jewish youth groups including Hashomer Hatzair. He recalls his father's death in 1934; non-Jewish friends protecting him from police; voluntary transfer to a Jewish school in 1936; attending the ORT school in Berlin from 1937 onward; Kristallnacht; legal dissolution of his youth group and ORT school; increasing danger for Jews; departing for England in August 1939 with a children's transport organized by ORT; and temporary internment in a camp until the ORT school was ready in Leeds. Mr. S. relates being classified as an enemy alien after Dunkerque; deportation to Australia; the kindness of the Australians; repatriation to England in 1943; return to ORT school; joining the military; reunion with his mother in France; working for the United States Army Intelligence; and emigration to the United States in 1947.