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Norman T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4459) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4459

Videotape testimony of Norman T., who enlisted in the British military in early 1940. He discusses training; landing in Europe in June 1944; arriving in Celle, Germany on April 14, 1945; learning Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was nearby; arrival there on April 15; being overwhelmed with piles of rotting corpses and the condition of the prisoners; encountering Josef Kramer, the Kommandant; providing food for the prisoners, not realizing it would kill them; a large number of deaths; interrogating Kramer and others; wanting to shoot him and other guards but restraining himself based on his training; other soldiers shooting Germans; encountering a woman prisoner whom he decided to marry; proposing a few days later; leaving a document with her when he had to leave verifying their engagement; and their marriage in a synagogue in Lübeck on October 7, 1945. Mr. T. notes none of the German he encountered showed remorse or admitted guilt but claimed they just followed orders; not sharing his or his wife's story with their children or others, wanting to protect her; returning to Belsen in 1945 at the invitation of the German government; and subsequently speaking to schools with his wife about their experiences.

Author/Creator
T., Norman.
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
January 24, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Norman T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4459). 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/11676584
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