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Martin E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2863) interviewed by Evelyn Lowy and Raymond Kaplan,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2863

Videotape testimony of Martin E., who was born in Weinheim, Germany in 1929. He recalls anti-Jewish harassment; anti-Jewish laws, including expulsion from public school; attending a Jewish school in Karlsruhe; his father's arrest on Kristallnacht; his return from Dachau six weeks later; deportation with his parents and sister to Gurs in October 1940; obtaining extra food for his family because children could leave the camp; a French family offering to keep him; refusing to leave his family; removal of the children to an orphanage in Aspet a few months later (he never saw his parents or sister again); two years later being brought to Quakers in Toulouse; being smuggled to Switzerland since he had relatives there; living with his relatives in Zurich; becoming a Zionist; emigration to Israel in 1949; military service; emigration to the United States in 1955; marriage; the births of two daughters; divorce after eleven years; and being disabled by Parkinson's disease. He shows photographs.

E., Martin, 1929-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1995
Interview Date
April 28, 1995.
Weinheim an der Bergstrasse (Germany)
Karlsruhe (Germany)
Toulouse (France)
Aspet (France)
Zurich (Switzerland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2863). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.