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Robert M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1035) interviewed by Selma Dubnik and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1035

Videotape testimony of Robert M., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1927. He recalls moving to Berlin in 1930; Hermann Göring living in their apartment house; returning to Amsterdam in 1935 due to Nazism; his parents' divorce; living with his father and sister; German invasion in May 1940; his bar mitzvah; his father's arrest as a prominent Dutch official, not as a Jew, by Ferdinand aus der Fünten; his father's return after six months; a German woman warning them of round-ups; being caught and released once; hiding with his father and sister after a warning; their Jewish housekeeper's arrest (they never saw her again); placement with a foster family in Friesland by the underground; seeing his sister once in Drachten; occasionally hearing from his father; hiding during German searches; liberation by Polish troops in a Canadian unit; reunion with his sister and father; their return to Amsterdam; his father's refusal to testify for Aus der Fünten; his mother's return from Switzerland; learning many relatives had been killed; serving in the Dutch military; emigration to Montréal in 1952; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1959. Mr. M. discusses gratitude to their rescuers and continuing contact with his foster family.

Author/Creator
M., Robert, 1927-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
May 15, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Robert M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1035). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.