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Richard W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2087) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Maryanne Kador,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2087

Videotape recording of Richard W., who was born in Ludwigshafen, Germany in 1931. He recalls his father's arrest and vandalizing of their home on Kristallnacht; his father's incarceration in Dachau and subsequent release; outbreak of war; Allied air raids; deportation with his family to Gurs in 1940; placement with his brother in a children's home in Aspet by the Quakers and others; his mother's death from cancer; attending her funeral; receiving letters from his father; their last visit; their sea voyage to Casablanca with other children, then to Baltimore via Bermuda on a Portuguese ship; living with aunts in New York; and military service in Korea. Mr. W. discusses his lost childhood leading to difficulties relating to his children; reluctance to share his experiences until he spoke at an adult education course; rejecting an invitation to visit his hometown; and his ongoing animosity toward Germans and Germany.

W., Richard, 1931-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 28, 1992.
Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany)
Aspet (France)
Casablanca (Morocco)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Richard W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2087). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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