John S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1912) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N. Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- January 9, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- John S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1912). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of John S., who was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1908. He recalls his family's assimilated life and strong German identity; his father's service in World War I; experiencing bombardments during the First World War; playing field hockey in London, Paris, and Berlin; rejection from Germany's Olympic field hockey team in 1936 and law school due to antisemitism; emigrating to the United States in 1936 after bribing an official for a visa; sponsoring his sister's and brother's emigration; his parents' arrival; volunteering for military service in 1942; marriage in 1943; service in Europe; interrogating German POWs, including Jürgen Stroop; returning to the United States; and playing for the United States Olympic field hockey team in 1948. Mr. S. discusses his career as an investment banker; his kindness to German POWs because he believes anyone, including himself if he had not been Jewish, could have been a Nazi; being honored by the German government; pride in being Jewish; and supporting the U.S. Holocaust Museum. He shows photographs.