Ernest H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2607) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Helen Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- August 17, 1994.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ernest H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2607). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ernest H., who was born in Munich, Germany in 1921. He describes his assimilated and wealthy family background; antisemitic incidents at school; his father's belief that Hitler's rise to power would not last long enough to impact them; the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses on April 1, 1933; completing his education in Switzerland; visiting his parents for the last time during the summer of 1938; internment in a Swiss camp after the German invasion of France in 1940; being chosen by a Joint representative for emigration to the Dominican Republic; and traveling via France and Spain to Lisbon, then by ship via Ellis Island to Santo Domingo. Mr. H. recounts receiving his parents' last letter in 1941; learning, after the war, that his parents had been deported to Rīga; and emigrating to the United States in 1945. He notes there were good sources of information in prewar Germany; his parents' reluctance to leave; and never considering himself German.