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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1662

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.

D., Herman, 1909-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
Interview Date
June 24, 1990.
Swolgen (Netherlands)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Herman D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1662). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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