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Eric E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1701) interviewed by Barbara Pelzer and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1701

Videotape testimony of Eric E., who was born in Rastatt, Germany in 1921. He recalls anti-Jewish laws resulting in loss of the family business; moving to Westphalia where his father worked for former employees; his terror when hiding in a haystack alone during Kristallnacht; his father's incarceration in Buchenwald; his mother arranging for him to join a kindertransport to England; leaving the day of his father's release; living in Harwich for several months; an apprenticeship; living with a family; learning his parents had gone to Belgium; emigrating to the United States in 1940, believing he could better help his parents from there; assistance from HIAS in obtaining documents for them; borrowing money to get them to southern France; their arrival in New York in February 1942; his draft in March 1943; overseas posting in January 1944; combat service in Italy, France, and Germany; finding relatives in France in spring, 1945; celebrating Rosh ha-Shanah in Munich; returning to the U.S. in December; marriage to a survivor in 1947; and meeting people from his past over the years. He shows photographs.

E., Eric, 1921-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 6, 1990.
Munich (Germany)
Rastatt (Germany)
Westphalia (Germany)
Harwich (England)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eric E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1701). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.