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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2289

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    Videotape 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.
    W., Isaiah, 1915-
    Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
    Interview Date
    October 31, 1991.
    Bad Kissingen (Germany)
    Würzburg (Germany)
    Telšiai (Lithuania)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Ansbach (Mittelfranken, Germany)
    Cite As
    Isaiah W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2289). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Langer, Lawrence L., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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