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Lothar R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3400) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Cathy S. Gelbin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3400

Videotape testimony of Lothar R., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1926. He recalls being shunned by non-Jewish children; the family move to Cernăuti in 1933; Soviet occupation; expropriation of their business; German invasion; ghettoization; a forced march to Mărculești, then Yampolʹ; a mass shooting by Romanian soldiers; living in the Bershadʹ ghetto from 1941 to 1944; his mother and father disappearing; moving with his sister to the Balta ghetto; forced labor; receiving food from a German soldier; surviving an execution by feigning death; hiding with his sister in an outhouse; their escape to Bershadʹ; liberation by Soviet troops; disinterment of his parents from a mass grave; buying a tombstone for them; moving to Sokiryany, then Chernivt︠s︡i; being drafted into the Soviet Army; forced labor in Khabarovsk; marriage in 1949; and release in 1950 due to his wife's pregnancy. Mr. R. discusses his son's birth en route to Chernivt︠s︡i; futile attempts to emigrate; joining his sister in Israel in 1969; moving to Germany in 1973; wanting to visit his parents' grave and to confront the family of the German who killed his parents; reluctance to discuss his past with his children; current antisemitism; and discomfort living in Germany.

R., Lothar, 1926-
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
July 12, 1995.
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lothar R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3400). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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