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John S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1912) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1912

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.

Author/Creator
S., John, 1908-
Published
New York, N. Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
January 9, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
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.