Justin R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1240) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Marcia Weissberg
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
- Interview Date
- May 25, 1988.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Justin R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1240). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Justin R., who was born in 1929 in Horstein, Germany, the older of two brothers. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; their affluence; attending a Jewish school; a neighbor shooting their dog when the Nazis came to power; vandalism against Jewish property and beatings of Jews; confiscation of his father's store; his father's beating by a man he knew, resulting in his decision to emigrate; he and his brother being sent to a Jewish boarding school; threats by SS to shoot all the children in the school on Kristallnacht; his parents retrieving him and his brother; living in Aschaffenburg; being warned his father would be arrested in January 1939; joining an uncle in Amsterdam; traveling to England, Paris, back to Amsterdam, then to Liverpool; and emigration to the United States by boat via Le Havre. Mr. R. notes his parents never fully adjusted to the United States; losing his belief in God when learning of the killings and camps after the war; continuing hostility toward Germany; encountering antisemitism on a business trip to Hamburg in 1963; and refusing to ever return.