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Stephen L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1968) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1968

Videotape testimony of Stephen L., who was born in Berlin, Germany to a Jewish father and Protestant mother. He recalls his mother's death in 1931; living in a Jewish orphanage; his father's two month incarceration in Oranienburg; his bar mitzvah; his father's remarriage to a Jewish woman in 1938; violent harassment by Hitler youth; Kristallnacht; his father losing his business; his parents sending him to France; attending public school; German invasion in 1940; Quakers transporting his group to unoccupied territory; assistance from OSE and ORT; learning from the Red Cross that his parents had reached the United States; his parents obtaining a visa for him; living with a family in Marseille; arrival in the United States in 1942; joining the U.S. military in March 1943; training as an interpreter for army intelligence; being shipped to England; assignment to the 6th division; moving through France to Germany; liberating Buchenwald; leaving shortly thereafter; and returning to the U.S. in late 1945. Mr. L. discusses his continuing nightmares and hostility toward his biological mother's family who did nothing to help him. He shows documents.

Author/Creator
L., Stephen, 1925-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1995
Interview Date
October 23, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stephen L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1968). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.