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George S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2949) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Bonnie Dwork

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2949

Videotape testimony of George S., who was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1923. He recalls his intellectual home life; attending a Jewish school; his father's death in 1931; his mother's emotional breakdown; living with a family in Berlin while she recovered; returning to her; beatings by Hitler Youth; their emigration to Italy, then Palestine; living with foster parents so his mother could earn a living; his emigration to New York in 1938 to join his mother's sister; attending Columbia; his mother's suicide in Palestine; being drafted into the United States Army; training as an intelligence interpreter; arrival in Normandy on D-day plus six; interrogating German POWs; his shock at conditions when liberating Nordhausen; acting as an interpreter for the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, except for Walther Funk's testimony because knowledge of finance was necessary; translating the testimony of Rudolf Höss which incriminated Ernst Kaltenbrunner; returning to the United States; and resuming his education. Mr. S. discusses that his loss of faith in God upon his parents' deaths was reinforced by his experience in Nordhausen; marriage to a German refugee; his family and career; and how his children deal with the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
S., George, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
November 10, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
George S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2949). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.