Heinz P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1268) interviewed by Helen Katz and Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
- Interview Date
- December 16, 1996.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Heinz P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1268). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Heinz P., who was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1926. He describes his Jewish mother and non-Jewish father; his parents' divorce in 1929; his father joining the Nazi party; his father's remarriage; Kristallnacht in Oberkassel; moving to live with his father in Berlin in 1939; the outbreak of war; his father arranging his admission to a boarding school in Garmisch; his father's death in December 1941; returning to Oberkassel; his mother's deportation to Theresienstadt; living with his aunts in Dortmund, then Dresden, in 1942; working at a photo studio, then at an ammunition factory in December 1944; the bombardment of Dresden; fleeing to Nuremberg, then Münzberg; an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Swiss border; his arrest and interrogation; admitting that he is half Jewish; forced labor in Salza; the death march; escaping to Sigmaringen; liberation by French troops; traveling with a French hospital to Baden-Baden; reunion with his mother in Düsseldorf; and emigrating to the United States in 1949. He discusses his difficult adjustment to a new life, and his experiences resulting in numerous health problems.