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John H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1688) interviewed by Helen Cohn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1688

Videotape testimony of John H., who was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1918. He recalls a happy youth in an assimilated family; participating in Zionist organizations; beginning medical school; German invasion; unsuccessfully attempting to escape to Prague; anti-Jewish restrictions; a non-Jewish friend purchasing a train ticket for his escape; traveling to San Remo, then Nice, in July 1939; the outbreak of war in September; enlisting in the Czech military; retreating from the Germans; evacuation to Liverpool in 1940; continuing medical training in London; rejoining his military unit, which was incorporated into the British military; participating in the invasion of Europe; and liberating Plzeň in April 1945. Dr. H. recounts traveling to Brno; learning his family had been deported and had perished; discharge from the military; completing medical studies in Brno; working as a surgeon; assisting in obtaining arms for Israel in 1948; emigrating to Israel; serving as a military medical officer; marriage in 1958; organizing medical services in Ethiopia for seven years; and emigration to the United States. He discusses his return to the Czech Republic with his family when Václav Havel invited Czech World War II resistance participants to visit.

Author/Creator
H., John, 1918-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
March 8, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
John H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1688). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.