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Harry F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2761) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2761

Videotape testimony of Harry F., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1924. He describes emigrating with his mother and brother to Belgium in 1933; the family moving to Zaandam; adjusting to school; his bar mitzvah; German invasion; obtaining Palestine visas; a brief arrest in 1940; anti-German riots in Amsterdam in 1941; internment with his parents and brother in Westerbork; building barracks; reluctance to leave his parents and brother when he had the opportunity to escape; avoiding deportation due to their Palestine visas; deportation in 1944 with his family to Bergen-Belsen to a special section due to their Palestine visas; cruel kapos and guards; pervasive hunger; moving luggage from the "living" to the "dead" side (400-500 a day); evacuation by train on April 10, 1945; self-liberation when the guards "disappeared" in Tröbitz; assistance from Soviet troops; traveling to Leipzig with an African-American military unit; returning to Holland; and emigration to the United States. Mr. F. reflects on his difficult decision to return to Germany; sympathy for young Germans; donating German reparation payments his family receives to charity; and sharing his experience with his children. He recalls the organization and interactions of national groups in the camps, and the constant indignities and fear.

Author/Creator
F., Harry, 1924-
Published
Mamaroneck, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 16, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 8mm. master; two 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harry F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2761). 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/1088190
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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