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Ernest H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2607) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2607

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.

Author/Creator
H., Ernest, 1921-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 17, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1097612
Record last modified: 2014-12-10 15:40:00
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