Hans S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2251) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 7, 1992.
- 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.
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.