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Erich H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1187) interviewed by Anna Rosen and Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1187

Videotape testimony of Erich H., who was born in Essen, Germany in 1920. He recalls his family's move to Cologne in 1924, then to Rinteln; his family's strong German identity (they had been in Germany since the sixteenth century); his bar mitzvah in 1934; attending a trade school; working in Cologne; his father's refusal to emigrate; release from the draft because he was Jewish; Kristallnacht; receiving emigration documents from Bolivia in November 1939; departing from Cologne to Holland in February 1940; traveling to Panama, then Arica, Chile; living with his relatives in La Paz; and emigrating to the United States in May 1947. Mr. H. discusses receiving his father's last letter through German neighbors; learning his parents were deported to Minsk; trips to Germany in 1971 and 1985; sharing his experiences with his children; and continuing hostile feelings toward Germans and Germany.

Author/Creator
H., Erich, 1920-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
April 29, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erich H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1187). 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/1100282
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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