Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Werner H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2408) interviewed by Barbara Devinki and Fred Donovan,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2408

Videotape testimony of Werner H., who was born in Küstrin, Germany in 1910. He details his brother-in-law's death in September 1938; difficulties in arranging his burial because they were Jewish; arrest with his family during Kristallnacht; forced labor and harsh conditions in Sachsenhausen; his release due to their promise to leave for Shanghai; selling all their possessions; and emigrating from Berlin to Shanghai. Mr. H. recalls the international settlement; going into business with a friend; joining a Jewish volunteer company to patrol the international settlement; Japanese occupation; destroying the volunteers' membership lists; ghettoization; liberation by United States troops; working as a civilian driver in the United States Army for two years; marriage; the birth of his son; and emigration to the United States in 1947. Mr. H. credits his and his family's survival to their emigration to Shanghai.

H., Werner, 1910-
Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
Interview Date
May 10, 1994.
Küstrin (Germany)
Berlin (Germany)
Shanghai (China)
Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Werner H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2408). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
View in Yale University Library Catalog:
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:31:00
This page: