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Alfred F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2762) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2762

Videotape testimony of Alfred F., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1927. He recalls emigration with his mother and brother to Holland in 1933; his father joining them; attending school in Zaandam; German invasion; difficulty dealing with anti-Jewish restrictions; deportation with his family to Westerbork; separation from his mother; living with his father and brother in a barrack; working as a messenger, and learning news from recent arrivals; attempts not to be "on the lists" for deportation; deportation with his mother, father, and brother to Bergen-Belsen in 1944; advantages due to their Palestine visas; his parents smuggling a hammer to him which led to a better job as a carpenter; starvation; roll calls; witnessing surgery performed without anesthesia; his mother's occasional visits; evacuation by train; and liberation in Tröbitz by United States and Soviet troops. Mr. F. describes their return to Holland; working as a diamond cutter in Amsterdam; studying languages in school; and emigration to the United States. He discusses his decision to forgive and go on with his life after a trip to Germany and never speaking to his children about his experiences.

F., Alfred, 1927-
Mamaroneck, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 6, 1995.
Cologne (Germany)
Zaandam (Netherlands)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Tröbitz (Germany)
4 copies: 8mm. master; two 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alfred F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2762). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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