Ernest P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1224) interviewed by Marcia Weissberg, Bernard Weinstein and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin,
Videotape testimony of Ernest P., who was born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1912. He recalls his father's death in 1918 serving in World War I; his mother's struggle to support him and two younger siblings; working at age sixteen to assist; the Anschluss; immediate anti-Jewish laws and violence; obtaining a forged passport in 1938 (his siblings had already left and his mother followed); living in Luxembourg for eighteen months; support from the local Jewish community; marriage to a Polish-Jewish refugee; the Jewish community organizing a group emigration to Cuba; traveling to Irún (Spain), then Vilar Formoso (Portugal); arrest; transfer to Bayonne; the rabbi from Luxembourg arranging their emigration to the Dominican Republic; traveling to Marseille, then Lisbon; emigration to the Dominican Republic via Ellis Island; support from the Joint; farming for ten years; and emigration to the United States to provide a better education for their children. Mr. P. notes his children and grandchildren are not interested in his experiences.
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
- Interview Date
- March 17, 1988.
Vilar Formoso (Portugal)
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ernest P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1224). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.