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Ernie M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4134) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4134

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Ernie M., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1916, one of three children. He recounts his father was an American citizen, thus he was as well; attending Jewish school; working as an auto mechanic; participation in Habonim; becoming a counselor at a Youth Aliyah camp outside of Berlin; police confiscating the identification papers of everyone there in November 1938; traveling to Berlin; arriving on Kristallnacht; observing Jews being beaten and synagogues burning; visiting a friend who had just been released from a concentration camp; returning to the youth camp; learning their United States citizenship had expired; a relative in the U.S. having it renewed; obtaining passports which were valid for six weeks; reluctance to leave his future wife who worked at the youth camp; brief retention with five colleagues by the Gestapo in Frankfurt an der Oder; his sister visiting them at the camp from Stockholm; his future wife traveling to Stockholm with his sister's husband, posing as his sister; meeting her there; marriage in March 1939; his emigration to the United States; obtaining papers for his wife; and her journey to New York via Moscow, Japan, and the west coast of the United States.
    Author/Creator
    M., Ernie, 1916-
    Published
    Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
    Interview Date
    April 16, 1993.
    Locale
    Germany
    Cologne (Germany)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany)
    Stockholm (Sweden)
    Cite As
    Ernie M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4134). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zeiler, Rivie, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (51 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/11769722
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
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