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Walter W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1965) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1965

Videotape testimony of Walter W., who was born in Emmendingen, Germany in 1922. He recalls his family's strong German identity; cordial relations with non-Jews; his parents assuaging his and his sister's alarm when a Jewish neighbor was killed by a Nazi in 1933; former non-Jewish friends shunning him; his father's belief in Germany and that his status as a veteran would protect them; his bar mitzvah; expulsion from school; his father's disbarment; attending a Jewish school in Berlin; watching the synagogue burn on Kristallnacht; learning his father and uncles had been sent to Dachau; returning home; his father's release, a broken man; the family decision to emigrate; his mother's French citizenship enabling his and his sister's immediate departure for Rotterdam; his mother remaining until his father could leave; his parents' departure for Switzerland; emigration with his sister to the United States in October 1939; his parents joining them; and military draft in 1943. Mr. W. shows documents, including the Nuremberg laws with his father's written notations.

Author/Creator
W., Walter, 1922-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1996
Interview Date
March 20, 1996.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Walter W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1965). 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/4296366
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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