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Paul H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3076) interviewed by Sandy Hayden

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3076

Videotape testimony of Paul H., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1911. He recalls vague memories of World War I; his father's successful lumber business; his father's death in 1929; attending Cambridge University from 1930 to 1934; visiting Palestine in 1932; his mother's emigration to France in 1934; establishing a lumber business with his brother in 1936; marriage; his brother's emigration to London in 1938; awareness of the danger for Jews due to business trips to Germany; German invasion in September 1939; escaping to Lublin with his wife and her family; assistance from Polish officers while traveling to the Hungarian border with his wife; living in Budapest; obtaining various visas in order to emigrate to London; visiting his mother while passing through Paris; joining his brother in London; their emigration to Canada in July 1940; and learning that his wife's family returned to Warsaw (they corresponded through the Red Cross until 1942) and perished. Mr. H. notes the importance of luck to his survival, and shows a newspaper photograph of the Warsaw ghetto containing his wife's sister and her husband.

H., Paul, 1911-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1985
Interview Date
July 3, 1985.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Paul H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3076). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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