Isaiah W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2289) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer
- Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
- Interview Date
- October 31, 1991.
- 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.
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.