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Eric L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-864) interviewed by Norman Demick and Mitzi Zerivitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-864

Videotape testimony of Eric L., who was born in Öhringen, Germany in 1916. He relates his family's history in Germany since the 17th century; moving in 1926 to Göppingen, where his father was rabbi, religious school teacher and cantor; friendly relationships with classmates; the shock of Hitler's appointment as Chancellor; people at school soon wearing swastika buttons; continued support from two Catholic classmates; students wearing brown uniforms and singing Nazi songs; and withdrawing from school due to antisemitism. He recounts the next four years at an orthodox teacher-training school in Würzburg; the lifelong impact of his transition to orthodoxy there; feeling secure despite increasing antisemitic restrictions; strengthened faith; and finding a position upon graduation. Mr. L. tells of his mother obtaining emigration documents for him from a relative in the United States just before Passover in 1938; emigration in September 1938; employment in Baltimore; learning of Kristallnacht; his father's death and mother's emigration to Baltimore in 1941; marriage in 1948; and the fate of his relatives. He discusses the pivotal role the Würzburg school played in his life, reunions of former students, and publication of a newsletter and the school's history.

Author/Creator
L., Eric, 1916-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1992
Interview Date
February 9, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eric L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-864). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1058026
Record last modified: 2013-11-22 09:31:00
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