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Ismar R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1379) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1379

Videotape testimony of Ismar R., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1926. He recounts his father's prosperous business; his normal childhood prior to Nazism; expulsion from public school; attending Jewish school; hiding during Kristallnacht; revocation of his father's citizenship, brief incarceration, and his death; attending an ORT school; work in a munitions factory; sabotage attempts; and hiding with his family. Mr. R. describes numerous instances of assistance from non-Jews; hiding with his mother in different places using false documents; befriending a German girl; his arrest; refusing to identify hidden Jews as Stella Goldschlag had; escape from a transport to Auschwitz; returning to Berlin; learning his mother was in his girlfriend's parents' cottage; hiding with his mother; moving after destruction of one hiding place by Allied bombing; liberation by Soviet troops; learning his brother, who was also in hiding, was in a hospital; his own hospitalization; and emigration to the United States in 1946. He discusses adjusting to life in a new country; the gathering of survivors in 1983; his aspiration to relay his experience so people will learn the truth about the Holocaust; and marking the fortieth anniversary of his liberation by volunteering in Israel.

Author/Creator
R., Ismar, 1926-2005.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
July 12, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ismar R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1379). 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/1090370
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