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C. Brooks P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2936) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2936

Videotape testimony of C. Brooks P., who was born in Bergenfield, New Jersey in 1912. He describes attending graduate school in Berlin in 1936; leaving school to work for the New York Times; establishing contacts with Rabbi Leo Baeck; witnessing Kristallnacht and German bombardment of Warsaw; meeting Adolf Hitler near Warsaw; witnessing German bombing of Rotterdam; marriage to an American in Berlin in 1940; delivering a letter to Budapest for Richard C. Hottelet, which may have involved espionage; interviewing Baldur von Schirach when writing about the Hitler Youth; some Nazi censorship of this article; returning to the United States in fall 1941; working at the New York Times Washington bureau; enlisting and serving in the Pacific; returning after being wounded; recruitment by Allen Dulles for intelligence work in Bern, Switzerland; and various careers after the war. Mr. P. reflects upon the futility of preventing genocide since the Armenian and Jewish experiences seem to have no impact on the Balkans presently.

Author/Creator
P., C. Brooks, 1912-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Musuem of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
March 2, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
C. Brooks P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2936). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.