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Louis R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1611) interviewed by Mark Jacobs and Diane M. Plotkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1611

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.

Author/Creator
R., Louis, 1921-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
Interview Date
March 12, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295794
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