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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2339

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)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2339). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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