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

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    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.
    H., Manfred, 1930-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
    Interview Date
    May 13, 1992.
    Szczecin (Poland)
    Bełżyce (Poland)
    Glasgow (Scotland)
    Cite As
    Manfred H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2134). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Strage, Henry M., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 22 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Child survivors.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Kristallnacht, 1938. Jewish councils. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Bełżyce. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Forced labor. Sabotage. Death marches. Orphanages--England. Families. Brothers. Fathers and sons. Mothers and sons. Germany. Oral histories (document genres) Szczecin (Poland) Bełżyce (Poland) Glasgow (Scotland) Sweden. H., Manfred,--1930- Budzyn (Concentration camp) Flossenbürg (Concentration camp) Ernst Heinkel-Flugzeugwerke. Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

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