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Louis H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1913) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1913

Videotape testimony of Louis H., who was born in Flehingen, Germany in 1918. He recalls his family's all-embracing Jewish life prior to Hitler; expulsion from school in 1933 due to anti-Jewish laws; his father's death in 1936; emigrating to Antwerp in 1936, then to the United States in March 1937 to join his sister; bringing his brother and mother to the States; enlistment in the U.S. Army in 1942; serving in France, Holland, and Belgium; participating in the Battle of the Bulge; concerns about being mistaken for a German due to his accent; combat in Germany; entering Nordhausen; shock at the condition of the prisoners and piles of corpses; forcing locals to bury the dead (they claimed ignorance of the camp); supplying food for the prisoners; meeting Soviet troops at the Elbe River; and returning to the United States after Germany surrendered. He shows a ritual spice box received from a prisoner in Germany.

Author/Creator
H., Louis, 1918-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
December 30, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louis H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1913). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4285134
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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