Hans N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-979) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Peggy Morton
- 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.
- Cite As
- Hans N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-979). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.