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Werner A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3718) interviewed by Andrés José Nader and Eva Lezzi,

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    Videotape testimony of Werner A., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1920, the oldest of three sons. He recounts his family's assimilated lifestyle; observing Friday night sabbath, Passover, Easter and Christmas; his strong German identification; antisemitic harassment at school beginning in 1932; some non-Jewish students protecting him; his bar mitzvah; participating in Maccabi, then in Schwarzes F̈̈ähnlein, a Jewish-German nationalist youth group; living in an agricultural training facility led by Curt Bondy; his mother and brothers emigrating to Amsterdam; joining them (his father followed later); moving to England; returning to Amsterdam when his father was offered a business opportunity; bringing members of the hachsharah to the Netherlands after Kristallnacht; emigrating to the United States by himself in 1939; living in New York, then on a hachsharah in Virginia; maintaining contact with his family until 1941; enlisting in the United States military; antisemitic harassment by fellow soldiers; training as a POW interrogator in military intelligence; deployment to Broadway, England; assignment to the 82nd airborne division; parachuting into France; being wounded; capture and imprisonment; release in June 1944; parachuting into the Netherlands; interrogating German prisoners; finding his mother and brothers in Amsterdam; learning his father had been killed in Auschwitz; his brothers' emigration to the United States; his mother's remarriage; attending university; and returning to live in Berlin. Mr. A. notes the influence of Bondy and the hachsharah on his moral development; their reunion in 1986; and getting back his German citizenship in 1992.
    A., Werner, 1920-
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 2001
    Interview Date
    October 8, 2001.
    United States
    Berlin (Germany)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    New York (N.Y.)
    Broadway (Worcestershire, England)
    Cite As
    Werner A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3718). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Nader, Andrés José, interviewer.
    Lezzi, Eva, interviewer.
    This testimony is in German.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (4 hr., 22 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Nuremberg laws.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Bar mitzvah. Jews--Migrations. Jewish refugees. Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Germany. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, American. World War, 1939-1945--Military intelligence. Prisoners of war--Germany. Prisoners of war--United States. Germany. Berlin (Germany) Amsterdam (Netherlands) England. New York (N.Y.) Virginia. United States--Armed Forces--Europe. Broadway (Worcestershire, England) Oral histories (document genres) A., Werner,--1920- Bondy, Curt,--1894-1972. United States.--Army.--Airborne Division, 82nd. Maccabi World Union.

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