Eric H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2643) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Deborah Koeppel
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 24, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Eric H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2643). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Eric H., who was born in Bad Salzuflen, Germany in 1924. He recalls being raised by his grandmother in Gemünd (his mother died in childbirth); cordial relations with non-Jews prior to 1933; Nazi schoolteachers; Hitler's visit in 1937; Kristallnacht; forced liquidation of the family business; moving to Cologne with his father and stepmother; his father's brief incarceration in Sachsenhausen; moving to Brussels; German invasion; traveling to Lille; returning to Brussels; his father's incarceration in St. Cyprien and Les Milles in 1941; traveling to Marseille with his stepmother; their incarceration in Les Milles with his father in August 1942; his parents' deportation (he never saw them again); hiding among children sent to Marseille; transfer to Les Milles and Rivesaltes; release to a Jewish rescue organization and going to Perpignan; living in Lot-et-Garonne; arrest and incarceration in Gurs; assistance from Spanish prisoners; volunteering for forced labor in a coal mine to avoid deportation; posing as a Spaniard; escape; joining the Resistance in 1943; hiding in a hospital; obtaining false papers; liberating Marseille; fighting with the French Army in Italy; and emigration to the United States in 1947. He discusses his terror of deportations while in camps and avoiding that fate.