Louis R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1611) interviewed by Mark Jacobs and Diane M. Plotkin
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
- Interview Date
- March 12, 1991.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Louis R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1611). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Louis R., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1921, one of two brothers. He recounts his parents' tailor shop; his mother's orthodoxy; attending public and Hebrew school; working from age fourteen; German invasion in 1940; his brother's deportation because he would not leave his wife (they did not survive); feigning illness to avoid deportation; hiding on a farm, then with his father's friend; obtaining false papers with assistance from the underground; working in a bakery; learning his parents were in hiding; obtaining documents to work for the Germans on the Atlantic wall; joining his parents in hiding with a non-Jewish couple (there were a total of eighteen); Germans searching the house; liberation in May 1945; and emigration to the United States in 1957. Mr. R. discusses confronting Abraham Asscher and David Cohen, heads of the Judenrat, about the deportations; the murders of many relatives and children in the Holocaust; many non-Jews who helped; and pervasive painful memories. He shows documents and photographs.