John M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1031)
- Auburn, Me. : Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine, 1987
- Interview Date
- July 9, 1987.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- John M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1031). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of John M., who was born in approximately 1932. He recalls his family's sense of being Austrian, not Jewish (he was baptized); knowing they were Jewish due to antisemitism; leaving Vienna six weeks after the Anschluss; being placed with his brother in hiding in a convent in Belgrade; living in Nice for several months; departing for England; attending many schools, sometimes with his brother, sometimes alone; seeing his mother infrequently (she provided important emotional support); harassment as Germans; changing their last name to their mother's maiden name (their father had left them earlier); and emigration to the United States almost seven years later. Mr. M. discusses his continuing sense of being an outsider; beginning to feel more Jewish after reading about the Holocaust; admiration for his mother's ingenuity and strength; his children not understanding why they had no religion, although not being disturbed by it; and not considering himself a "survivor" in order not to trivialize the experiences of those who suffered so much more than he.