Peter A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2478) interviewed by Eve Markowitz and Nat Arkin
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 18, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Peter A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2478). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Peter A., who was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1931. He recalls his father's prewar death; attending synagogue with his grandfather; expulsion from public school; attending the Philanthropin Jewish school; witnessing stormtrooper parades; his mother's reluctance to leave Germany because of the family business; being chased by Hitler Youth on Kristallnacht; and his mother selling the family business for one German mark after swastikas were painted on the windows. Mr. A. recounts difficulties obtaining visas for emigration; his brother joining relatives in England in August 1939; leaving with his mother for England immediately after; evacuation with other refugee children to the Winbourne School in Dorset when the war began; unpleasant conditions there; emigration with his family to the United States in 1940; and adjustment difficulties. He discusses his continuing dislike of police uniforms and doctors stemming from his experiences in Germany.