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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2762

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    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)
    Cite As
    Alfred F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2762). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Katz, Helen, interviewer.
    Associated material: Isaac F. Holocaust testimony [father] (HVT-2760), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Associated material: Harry F. Holocaust testimony [brother] (HVT-2761), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 8mm. master; two 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (57 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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