Harry M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2059) interviewed by Maryanne Kador and Pam Goodman
- New York, N.Y. : ALiving Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- April 28, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Harry M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2059). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Harry M., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920. He recounts his United States citizenship through his father; participation in Jewish athletics; pervasive antisemisitm; German occupation in March 1938; giving a Gestapo official their expired passport to ensure they could leave; leaving with his parents for Paris the same day; traveling to the United States three weeks later; arranging for relatives and his fiancee to join them; military conscription in 1943; infantry service in Europe; assignment as an interpreter in April 1945; choosing not to shoot German POWs when given the option; another Jewish soldier beating an SS member; liberating a POW camp in Iserlohn; observing piles of corpses; liberating female death march survivors in Volary; shock at their condition and their story; transporting the few survivors to a German hospital; forcing local townspeople to bury the dead; working in the military government in Ulm; repatriating German refugees to the Soviet zone; and returning to the United States. Mr. M. discusses difficulties that Austrian Jews had conceiving of genocide despite knowledge of Nazi ideology; knowing nothing about the Holocaust prior to meeting survivors; and moral differences between war crimes and racial or religious genocide.