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Walter L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1464) interviewed by Trudy K. Turkel and Helene Goldberg,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1464

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    Videotape testimony of Walter L., who was born in Gerolzhofen, Germany in 1924. He recalls his father's death in 1931; significant local support for Nazism; anti-Jewish restrictions; attacks by other children when returning from school; his grandfather being marched through town to be cursed and spat upon; moving to Buttenhausen in 1936; expulsion from public school in 1937; his bar mitzvah; burning of the synagogue on Kristallnacht; forced labor in a nearby town; moving to Cologne; receiving emigration papers through relatives in Palestine; traveling to Haifa under the auspices of Youth Aliyah; his brother's arrival in 1941; and emigration to the United States in 1946. Mr. L. tells of his grandmother's deportation to Terezín and his mother's to Rigā; his mother's last letter to him, which he still cannot bear to read; his visit to Buttenhausen in 1980 when the mayor described his mother's and grandmother's deportation; a non-Jew who cares for the Buttenhausen Jewish cemetery; the erection of a monument in 1988 memorializing the Jews of Gerolzhofen; and its desecration shortly thereafter.
    L., Walter, 1924-
    Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
    Interview Date
    February 18, 1990.
    Gerolzhofen (Germany)
    Buttenhausen (Germany)
    Haifa (Israel)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Cite As
    Walter L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1464). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Turkel, Trudy K., interviewer.
    Oppenheimer, Helene, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 12 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Child survivors.

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