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Alfred W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2972) interviewed by Leo Spitzer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2972

Videotape testimony of Alfred W., who was born in Fürth, Germany in 1908. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; their strong German identity; cordial relations with non-Jews; attending Henry Kissinger's bar mitzvah; joining the family manufacturing business; serving on the town council; resigning after the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses in April 1933; helping Jews emigrate; observing the synagogues burning on Kristallnacht and arrest by a former colleague; incarceration overnight in Nuremberg; helping a rabbi climb into the train, thus saving his life; internment in Dachau; assistance from an SS officer, his brother's childhood friend; beatings and killings by SS guards; release in January 1939 based on his wife's pledge they would emigrate; meeting his parents and wife in Munich; traveling with his wife and son via Frankfurt to join relatives in London; his daughter's birth; and emigrating to Bolivia from Liverpool via Arica, Chile. Mr. W. notes he helped build a synagogue in La Paz in 1941, symbolically replacing the destroyed synagogues of Fürth.

Author/Creator
W., Alfred, 1908-
Published
La Paz, Bolivia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 29, 1995.
Language
German
Copies
4 copies: Hi8 master; Betacam SP dub; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alfred W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2972). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4297131
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