Joseph H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1506) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler and Beatrice Harrison
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1990
- Interview Date
- April 18, 1990.
- 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.
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.