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Walter P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2055) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2055

Videotape testimony of Walter P., who was born in Erlangen, Germany in 1926. He recalls his family moving to Berlin in 1933; attending public school until his expulsion as a Jew; attending a Jewish school; destruction of the store where his father worked on Kristallnacht; moving into a one-room apartment after his father lost his job; the outbreak of war; avoiding round-ups with the help of a friendly policeman; his bar mitzvah in 1940; his fear and humiliation after the introduction of the Jewish star in September 1941; learning Spanish and English in school in preparation for emigration; obtaining visas for Cuba; leaving Berlin with his parents in a sealed train in October 1941; traveling to Lisbon via Frankfurt, France, and Irún; the boat voyage to Cuba; financial help from an uncle in the United States; emigration to the United States in 1944; and marriage. Mr. P notes his frugality stemming from his experiences in Germany and his gratitude for having escaped the Holocaust.

P., Walter, 1926-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
May 3, 1992.
2 copies:b3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding
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Walter P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2055). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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