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Eric H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2643) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Deborah Koeppel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2643

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.

Author/Creator
H., Eric, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 24, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
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.