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Henry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2393) interviewed by Alys Kremer Grossman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2393

Videotape testimony of Henry W., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1927. He recounts moving to Mainz in 1929; his sister's birth in 1933; returning to Frankfurt in 1934; emigration to Paris in 1935; persecution as a foreigner and German; outbreak of war in 1939; his father's internment as an enemy alien; his bar mitzvah in 1940 (his father could not attend); German invasion in May 1940; escaping with his family to unoccupied France; living in Chartre, Bellac, and Limoges; his father's visits (he was detained nearby); hiding when non-Jewish neighbors warned them of German raids; his father's last visit in 1943 (he later learned of his deportation to Majdanek); school graduation; working as an auto mechanic; obtaining false papers and working as a non-Jew on a farm in Périgueux; liberation; traveling through Oradour (it was still smoldering) to join his mother and sister in Bellac; and their emigration to the United States to join his great uncle. Mr. W. discusses disillusionment with Judaism due to his father's deportation, but returning to orthodoxy in the United States. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
W., Henry, 1927-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
February 12, 1992 .
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2393). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.