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David S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2339) interviewed by Sarah Hirschfield and Nat Arkin,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2339

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    Videotape testimony of David S., who was born in Bad Friedrichshall, Germany in 1911. Her recalls a pleasant childhood; his father's service in World War I and his strong German identity; boycott of his father's business in 1933; arrest with his father on Kristallnacht; his father's release due to his age; destruction of their home and business; his incarceration in Buchenwald; beatings, starvation, and illnesses; release after five weeks; a contact arranging for a Jewish family to sponsor his emigration to Scotland; reporting to the Nazi party in Darmstadt and Bad Friedrichshall until his departure; wonderful treatment from his Scottish sponsors; leaving for the United States in January 1940, hoping to get his parents out; his last letter from them saying they were being deported to Theresienstadt (he never learned their fate); and marriage to an America woman. Mr. S. notes his father's belief in being a good German citizen ultimately cost him his life.
    S., David, 1911-
    Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
    Interview Date
    November 15, 1991.
    Bad Friedrichshall (Germany)
    Darmstadt (Germany)
    Cite As
    David S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2339). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hirschfield, Sarah, interviewer.
    Arkin, Nat, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (44 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Crystal Night, 1938.

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