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Arnold V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1479) interviewed by Barbara Levitt and Harriet Ainbinder

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1479

Videotape testimony of Arnold V., who was born in Kalkar, Germany in 1911, one of five children. He recounts the family's move to Hamborn in 1913; attending school; working in a department store; anti-Jewish restrictions; his brother's emigration to Palestine, one sister's to the Netherlands (she did not survive), and one sister's to England in the early 1930s; marriage in 1938; Kristallnacht, which marked a turning point in understanding they must leave; losing his job; obtaining visas with assistance from relatives in the United States; emigration with his wife via Paris and Lisbon; enlisting in the United States Army in 1943; serving in the 45th infantry in Europe; assignment to the Counter Intelligence Corps in Munich due to his language skills; interrogating SS; visiting a displaced persons camp near Munich; shock at the emaciated condition of survivors; attending Rosh ha-Shanah services there; and bringing German prisoners to Dachau for interrogation. Mr. V. notes one sister survived in hiding with assistance from Germans, and his parents were deported and killed in 1941. He shows photographs of Dachau.

Author/Creator
V., Arnold, 1911-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
Interview Date
December 3, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Arnold V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1479). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.