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Paul M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1990) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1990

Videotape testimony of Paul M., who was born in Berlin, Germany to Polish immigrants in 1922. He recalls involvement in Zionist organizations; attending a Jewish school; the decision of some relatives to emigrate in 1933; a beating by Hitler Youth in 1934; his parents' decision to leave following a Gestapo interrogation in 1936; their journey to Palestine via Austria and Trieste (his parents had money smuggled to them in Italy); their emigration to the United States in 1938; attending high school; cessation of communications from family in Europe after 1939; being drafted in 1942; encountering antisemitism while training in South Carolina; transfer to France with an intelligence unit in August 1944; interrogating German prisoners, including a concentration camp Kommandant; meeting survivors; and returning to the United States. Mr. M. discusses the deaths of many relatives who remained in Europe; his belief that the Allies did not bomb concentration camps due to indifference; not really understanding the scope of the Holocaust until his postwar return to the States; and interrogating a German who insisted that photographs of him committing war crimes were of his twin brother. Mr. M. shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Paul, 1922-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
February 11, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding
Cite As
Paul M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1990). 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/4285873
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 18:47:00
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