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Robert S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1149) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1149

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Robert S., a non-Jew, who was born in Weissenstadt, Germany in 1927. He recalls being impressed by a torchlight parade for a relative who was a leader in the SA; membership in the Hitler Jugend; attending gymnasium in Wunsiedel; relatives in California wanting to adopt him; rumors of Kristallnacht (there were no Jews in his town); a teacher who was a high ranking SA member; propaganda which aroused pro-war, anti-American sentiments; emphasis on Hitler's life and greatness; his American aunt arranging for his emigration; being unable to leave after war broke out; his happiness thinking he would be a war hero; threats of incarceration in Dachau for defeatist or anti-Nazi conversations; being drafted in 1943; serving on the eastern front; observing Germans hanging from trees; the execution of his friend for not obeying an order; his profound dilemma after these events; being wounded; deserting; and returning home. Mr. S. discusses his moral outrage after learning of the Holocaust and observing the lack of remorse all around him; the hypocrisy of denazification; feeling compelled to leave Germany; attending Berkeley; the positive influence of a Jewish professor; his identity as a German; and the importance of questioning authority. He shows his Hitler Youth identification card.
    Author/Creator
    S., Robert, 1927-
    Published
    Boston, Mass. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
    Interview Date
    April 2, 1989.
    Locale
    Germany
    Weissenstadt (Germany)
    Wunsiedel (Germany)
    Cite As
    Robert S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1149). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Langer, Lawrence L., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 35 min.)

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Bystanders.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283360
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:27:00
    This page:
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