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Herman H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2083) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Kathy Strochlic

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2083

Videotape testimony of Herman H., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1924. He recounts that his parents were divorced; living with his mother; attending public school until 1935; transferring to a Jewish school due to anti-Jewish laws; destruction of his mother's furniture store on Kristallnacht; being sent with his younger brother to an uncle in Brussels; living with relatives in Antwerp, Brunoy, then being returned to Antwerp; learning his mother had emigrated to England and his father to Palestine; German invasion in 1940; he and his brother living on their own; being caught in a round-up in 1942; his brother's escape; forced labor on France's Atlantic coast for Organisation Todt; hospitalization in Boulogne; deportation to Auschwitz via Malines; attending brick-laying school; working in a Krupp factory; trading with Polish workers for food and cigarettes; a privileged job as a mechanic; smuggling letters between male and female prisoners; trading with Polish civilian workers for food and sharing it with others; women smuggling explosives to the Sonderkommando that blew up a crematorium; a death march and train transport to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; transfer to Bolkenhain; a death march to Wrocław, then train transport to Buchenwald; life-saving assistance from prisoners who ran the camp; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Weimar; returning to Brussels; assistance from the Joint and HIAS; reunion with his brother; emigrating to join relatives in the United States; and marriage. Mr. H. notes having nightmares for several years after the war and his daughters' current interest in his experiences. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
H., Herman, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 22, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Herman H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2083). 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/4286345
Record last modified: 2012-08-23 15:16:00
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