Arnold M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3399) interviewed by Andrés José Nader and Cathy S. Gelbin
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
- Interview Date
- September 5, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Arnold M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3399). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Arnold M., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1912, one of six children, to a Jewish father and Christian mother. He describes his family's poverty; resisting segregation of Jewish pupils in school; active involvement in the Social Democratic Party; anti-Jewish violence and humiliation; assistance from a non-Jewish co-worker; arrest with two sisters; their deportation to Theresienstadt; slave labor doing construction; his brother's arrival; smuggling food to him and others who were ill; choosing not to escape, fearing retribution toward others; helping a priest and others find a safe place for an Easter mass and attending it himself; meeting often with a group to discuss culture (he shows a book of poetry, drawings, etc. the group had presented to him); constructing sham improvements for the Red Cross visit; being questioned by a member of the delegation who was escorted by Adolf Eichmann; contracting typhus; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; reunion with his mother; learning one sister and his father had been killed in camps; his continuing fondness for Germany; and never associating himself with a formal religion. He shows photographs and artifacts.