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Hans S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2251) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2251

Videotape testimony of Hans S., who was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1921. He recounts his family's 300 year history in Germany; his family moving to Amstelveen, Netherlands in March 1938 to escape antisemitism; German invasion; forced relocation to Amsterdam; working in an old age home to avoid deportation; obtaining false papers; separation from his parents (they went into hiding); hiding in the countryside; moving to Zwolle with the help of the underground; transfer to Hoogeveen; hiding for two years with a Dutch farmer; discovery in October 1944; interrogation; transfer to Ommen, a camp for non-Jews; digging trenches in Zwolle; returning to Ommen; fellow prisoners protecting him from discovery as a Jew during showering; distributing food in the camp; German bombardments; receiving food and information from a German officer; and liberation. Mr. S. recalls escaping injury by a drunk English soldier while entertaining people by parodying Hitler; reunion with his parents; a continuing close relationship with the farm family who hid him for two years; and postwar visits to Germany. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
S., Hans, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 7, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hans S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2251). 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/4287080
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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