Peter D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-319) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz
- Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1983
- Interview Date
- September 21, 1983.
- 1 copy: 1/2 in. VHS.
- Cite As
- Peter D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-319). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Peter D., who was born in Germany in 1936. He recalls that his father emigrated to Shanghai shortly before or after his birth; living with his mother in Berlin; staying home alone while she worked; their arrest and deportation to Terezín; living in the children's compound; seeing his mother every other weekend; moving boxes and finding one full of skulls; liberation; and survivors forcing a German into a bonfire. He describes returning to Berlin with his mother and stepfather (she married in Theresienstadt); moving to Deggendorf displaced persons camp; antisemitism in the public school; their emigration to the United States in 1947; his mother's inability to return to normal; physical abuse by his mother; leaving home at age fourteen; traveling around the United States; and continuing his education when he was in his twenties. He discusses his passivity in personal interactions; his relationship with his mother; lack of knowledge about his father; hopes of improving his relationship with his thirteen year old son, who lives with a former wife; forming his first close relationship with his current wife; and participation in Jewish activities with her.