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Justin R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1240) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Marcia Weissberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1240

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.

Author/Creator
R., Justin, 1929-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
May 25, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294923
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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