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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2949

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    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.
    S., George, 1923-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
    Interview Date
    November 10, 1993.
    Hamburg (Germany)
    Berlin (Germany)
    United States
    Nuremberg (Germany)
    Cite As
    George S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2949). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.
    Dwork, Bonnie, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 48 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Faith. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, American. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Military intelligence. Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946. War crime trials--Germany. Jews--Migrations. Jewish refugees. Germany. Hamburg (Germany) Berlin (Germany) Italy. Palestine. United States--Armed Forces--Europe. Nuremberg (Germany) Oral histories (document genres) S., George,--1923- Funk, Walther,--1890-1960. Höss, Rudolf,--1900-1947. Kaltenbrunner, Ernst. United States.--Army.--Infantry Division, 104th. Nordhausen (Concentration camp)

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