John W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2269) interviewed by Samuel Kenner
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1992
- Interview Date
- March 11, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- John W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2269). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of John W., who was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1920. He describes his assimilated family background; his bar mitzvah in 1933; disbelief anything would happen to them because his father was a World War I veteran; changes beginning in 1934; the Nuremberg laws; his brother's emigration to England in 1937; his parents' arranging to ship their possessions to the United States; obtaining passports; his father's arrest on Kristallnacht and incarceration in Dachau; and emigrating to the United States after his father's release in June 1940. Mr. W. discusses how appealing it seemed to belong to the Hitler Youth in the mid-1930s; his family's strong sense of German identity; and their growing sense of powerlessness as anti-Jewish measures increased.