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Hans N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-979) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Peggy Morton

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-979

Videotape testimony of Hans N., who was born in Hannover, Germany in 1921. He describes his youth in an assimilated and comfortable family with a strong Germany identity; little or no antisemitism prior to Hitler's rise to power; the dramatic change and his efforts to avoid drawing attention to himself as a Jew; expulsion from his sports club; hearing of concentration camps; expulsion from school in 1936; working for a non-Jewish acquaintance; and non-Jewish friends who assisted in his emigration. He recalls two Americans who also helped; his parents accompanying him to New York in 1937; attending college; his parents' emigration with his younger brother to Cuba; his brother's accidental death there; his parents' emigration to the United States; his father's death in 1942; and his own military service during the war. Mr. N. discusses his devastation at witnessing his father's loss of self-sufficiency in the United States; deciding never to speak German after learning of the murder of the Jews; and how his experience has made him a more tolerant person.

N., Hans, 1921-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 9, 1988.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Hans N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-979). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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