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Manfred H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2134) interviewed by David Herman and Henry M. Strage

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2134

Videotape testimony of Manfred H., who was born in Stettin, Germany (presently Szczecin, Poland) in 1934. He recalls attending a Jewish school; confiscation of his father's business in 1938; his father's arrest on Kristallnacht; his return after three months; receiving papers for three for Palestine; his father deciding they would stay so no one would be left behind; deportation of Jews from Stettin to Bełźyce in 1940; his brother's job in the Jewish police protecting them; hiding during round-ups; ghettoization; transfer with his parents and brother to Budzyń; slave labor in a Heinkel aircraft factory; public shootings and hangings of saboteurs; transfer to Mielec; aircraft work; a German civilian worker giving him extra food; transfer to Flossenbürg (his mother remained behind); slave labor in a Messerschmitt factory; a Red Cross visit; his brother's transport (he never saw him again); his father's death; train transport and a death march; abandonment by the guards; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; assistance from UNRRA; emigration to England; living in group homes and in Glasgow; learning his mother had survived; visiting her in Sweden in 1946; her death in 1947; assistance from a cousin in London; marriage in 1957; and raising two sons. Mr. H. discusses not sharing his experiences with his sons and being the sole survivor of a large family. He shows a document.

Author/Creator
H., Manfred, 1930-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
May 13, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Manfred H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2134). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.