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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.

Author/Creator
H., Werner, 1910-
Published
Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
Interview Date
May 10, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1091667
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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