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Heinz P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1268) interviewed by Helen Katz and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1268

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.

Author/Creator
P., Heinz, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
December 16, 1996.
Language
English
Copies
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.