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Herman D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1662) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel and Elizabeth Jacob,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1662

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Herman D., a religious Protestant, who was born in 1909. He describes hearing antisemitic remarks in his youth; teaching in Swolgen, Netherlands; recognizing the danger of Nazism having read Mein Kampf; German invasion; joining the underground; hiding Allied pilots who had been shot down; offering to hide a Jewish friend and his family (they refused); he and his wife hiding two Jewish sisters for two and a half years; sensing danger and relocating the hidden Jews; arrest; separation from his wife; interrogations; transfer to a prison boat; forced labor digging anti-tank ditches; escaping with assistance from a farmer; and liberation by Canadian troops. Mr. D. discusses the constant danger to resisters and rescuers; his religious beliefs which informed his decisions; executions of many friends and colleagues by the Nazis; and avoiding traveling to Germany.
    Author/Creator
    D., Herman, 1909-
    Published
    Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
    Interview Date
    June 24, 1990.
    Locale
    Netherlands
    Swolgen (Netherlands)
    Cite As
    Herman D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1662). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Siegel, Allen M., interviewer.
    Jacob, Elizabeth, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 28 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Rescuers.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284012
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:44:00
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