Michael A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-602) interviewed by Eva Cooperman
- Greenwich, Conn. : Second Generation of Westchester, 1982
- Interview Date
- October 30, 1982.
- 4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Michael A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-602). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Michael A., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1910. He recounts his family's long lineage of Italian rabbis; attending public school; graduating from university in 1929; working as a window dresser in the Hague; marriage in 1938; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; working with the underground; membership on the Judenrat; being approached by Friedrich Weinreb to go to Portugal (it was a sham); deportation to Westerbork in 1943; his wife contracting polio; working as a carpenter; deportation to Bergen-Belsen in 1944; separation from his wife; slave labor as a carpenter; confessing to stealing food to save an older prisoner; smuggling his wife into his barrack; arrival of prisoners from Auschwitz; digging mass graves; a death march to a train; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; serving as an interpreter; reluctance to take revenge on Germans; returning to the Hague with his wife; his daughter's birth; emigration to the United States in 1951; and difficulties receiving reparations. Mr. A. discusses not leaving the Netherlands prior to the war due to excellent relations with non-Jews; the importance to his survival of being with his wife and his “moral strength”; and seeking information about his family (most did not survive).