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Martin D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-735) interviewed by John Tiebout and Mark Jacobs,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-735

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    Overview

    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Martin D., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1920. He recalls apprenticing as a furrier when he was fourteen; increasing antisemitism; warnings from non-Jews of a round-up; hiding with his father; applying with his sister to emigrate to relatives in London; obtaining a visa; emigrating with a cousin in January 1939 (he never saw his sister or parents again); his relatives refusal to assist him; futile efforts to obtain visas for his sister and parents; arrest as an "enemy alien"; transfer via Liverpool to an internment camp in Ontario, Canada; fights between German and Jewish internees; the Jews' hunger strike to protest internment; release and return to London; enlisting in the British military; training in Ilfracombe; admiring British behavior during the blitzkrieg; serving in an intelligence unit; changing his name to conceal his German origins; landing at Normandy; moving through France and Belgium to Hamburg; vainly searching for his family in Berlin; serving with a war crimes commission; interrogating Nazis; arresting von Ribbentrop; returning to London; marriage in 1947; emigration to the United States; and the births of two children. Mr. D. notes he is the sole survivor of a family of fifty; seeking revenge through his war crime commission work; visiting Bergen-Belsen two months after its liberation; and not sharing his experiences with his children.
    Author/Creator
    D., Martin, 1920-
    Published
    Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
    Interview Date
    November 10, 1985.
    Locale
    France
    Normandy
    Germany
    Berlin (Germany)
    London (England)
    Liverpool (England)
    Ontario
    Ilfracombe (England)
    Hamburg (Germany)
    Cite As
    Martin D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-735). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tiebout, John, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 14 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Noncitizens Evacuation and relocation.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294239
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:47:00
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