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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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    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.
    M., Ernie, 1916-
    Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
    Interview Date
    April 16, 1993.
    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

    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.

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