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Isaiah W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2289) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2289

Videotapes testimony of Rabbi Isaiah W., who was born in Bad Kissingen, Germany in 1915, to a rabbinical family with a long German history. He recalls attending gymnasium in Würzburg; rabbinical studies in Telšiai and Berlin; his father's death in 1935; appointment to the rabbinate in Bad Kissingen, then a joint appointment in Ansbach; a summer visit to Palestine in 1938; being forced to watch the synagogue burn during Kristallnacht; imprisonment in Würzburg; transfer to Dachau; humiliating exercises, long appells, and inadequate food; release after a few weeks provided he leave Germany; obtaining a visa from an American relative; traveling to the Netherlands in February 1939, then to the United States in June; marriage to a German refugee; and his teaching career. Rabbi W. discusses wonderful memories of his rabbinical career between 1935 and 1938; postwar trips to Germany; efforts to restore the synagogue and cemetery in Bad Kissingen; his brother's and mother's deportations and deaths; and his son's lack of interest in German culture.

Author/Creator
W., Isaiah, 1915-
Published
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
Interview Date
October 31, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isaiah W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2289). 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/4287217
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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