Walter P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2055) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork
- 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
- Cite As
- Walter P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2055). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.