Kurt M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1172) interviewed by M. Meyer, H. Lipstadt and Gerda Haas
- Auburn, Me. : Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine, 1987
- Interview Date
- November 18, 1987.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Kurt M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1172). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Kurt M., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1915. He recalls his excellent education prior to 1933; Hitler's ascent to power; anti-Jewish restrictions barring him from university; cantorial training; teaching in a Jewish school; the trauma of Kristallnacht; deportation to Theresienstadt in 1943; conducting religious services; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in fall 1944 (he later learned his wife volunteered to follow him); remaining with his brother; observing prisoners trampling another prisoner to death because he had sent others to their deaths; the stench of burning humans; transfer with his brother to Golleschau a week later; slave labor in a quarry; public hangings; singing Yiddish songs; the death march in January 1945; train transport to Sachsenhausen, then Flossenbürg; his transfer to Traunstein (he never saw his brother again); walking away from a death march; traveling to Munich; learning his wife had survived; employment conducting religious services for radio broadcast; and working as a cantor in the United States from 1951 to 1985. Mr. M. discusses times of severe psychological stress in camps and a recent trip to Berlin.