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Herman B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1583) interviewed by Razyl Kalifowicz-Waletsky

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1583

Videotape testimony of Herman B., who was born in Beuthen, Germany in 1909. He recalls the family's move to Berlin in 1918; their great affluence; his father's significant art collection (sold in 1931); attending opera, concerts, and other cultural events; one sister's emigration in 1933; appointment as a judge due to his high standing in law school; dismissal due to the Nuremberg laws; moving to Bordeaux, then Paris; returning to Germany due to his father's illness; his emigration to the United States in 1936 (his other sister also subsequently left); his parents' refusal to leave; marriage in 1941; draft into the U.S. military in 1943; posting to Europe in 1944; establishing legal systems throughout Germany; learning from a sister his mother was alive in Theresienstadt; traveling there; learning his father had died in November 1944; taking his mother with him; placing her in convents wherever he was stationed; military discharge in Paris; and returning with his mother to the United States in 1945. Mr. B. discusses establishing a successful business; not discussing the war years with his mother; her death at age 90; and devoting his retirement to funding cancer research. He shows photographs, documents, letters, and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
B., Herman, 1909-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
October 31, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Herman B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1583). 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/4295696
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