Ernest H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2453) interviewed by Nat Arkin
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
- Interview Date
- July 15, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ernest H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2453). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ernest H., who was born in 1925 in Neumarkt, Germany. He recalls moving to Fürth in 1938 so he and his siblings could attend a Jewish school (they were expelled in Neumarkt); his brother's emigration to the United States in 1941; deportation with his parents and sister to Jungfernhof, Latvia in December 1941; forced labor as a car mechanic, which he believes saved him from extermination; transfer to the Rīga ghetto in July 1942 (he notes the sadism of the Gestapo commander), then to Kaiserwald and Stutthof in 1943; and liberation from Rybno (Rieben) by Soviet troops in March 1945. He relates the kindness of the Russians; recuperating in the town of Rieben; traveling to Berlin, then Fürth; the antisemitic environment; reunion with his brother who was serving in the United States Air Force; and emigration to the United States in 1946. He notes that he and other survivors were "robbed" of their youth, and that his experiences demonstrate human behavior that is unbelievable.