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Eric S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-493) interviewed by Minda Jaffe,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-493

Videotape testimony of Eric S., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1921. He recounts his family's affluence; antisemitic harassment; his father's large, extended family; his death in 1929; living with his maternal grandparents in Crailsheim in 1932; his bar mitzvah in 1934; his grandmother's death; beatings by an antisemitic teacher; the Nuremberg laws negative impact on the family business; their move to Stuttgart in 1936, thinking it would be better in a large city; being sent to boarding school in England in November 1936; several family visits through summer 1938; an American industrialist befriending him on one of his trips; learning his uncle was sent to Dachau on Kristallnacht; helping a German-Jewish schoolmate obtain visas for his family; assisting a cousin's emigration; the American industrialist providing his mother a guarantee, which enabled her emigration to England; their emigration to the United States in 1940 to join relatives; military draft in 1942; postings in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Oslo, and Frankfurt; visiting his father's grave; searching for friends and relatives; assignment to Stuttgart; visiting Crailsheim; denouncing the teacher who had beaten him in school; marriage in Scotland; and returning to the United States. Mr. S. notes sharing his experiences with his children; and continuing contact with his father's relatives.

S., Eric, 1921-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
November 6, 1984.
Cologne (Germany)
Crailsheim (Germany)
Stuttgart (Germany)
Manchester (England)
London (England)
Edinburgh (Scotland)
Oslo (Norway)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eric S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-493). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.