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Joseph H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1506) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler and Beatrice Harrison

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1506

Videotape testimony of Joseph H., who was born in London, England in 1908. He recalls serving in the civil defense medical corps during the bombing of England; joining the British Army in 1942; and assignment to the Medical Corps. He recounts the stench of putrification for miles as they approached Bergen-Belsen; entering the camp a few days after liberation; shock at the emaciated prisoners and filthy conditions; a joyful response from prisoners when he spoke Yiddish to them; prisoners disfigured by medical experiments and beatings; efforts to prevent the former prisoners from eating too much; and leaving seven days later having helped to treat and transfer those prisoners most in need of aid. Mr. H. recounts the heroism of the British nurses; tough soldiers crying upon entering Belsen; and forcing captured Germans to remove and bury thousands of bodies. He shows photographs of Belsen taken by a fellow soldier.

Author/Creator
H., Joseph, 1908-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1990
Interview Date
April 18, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1506). 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/1094371
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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