Werner A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3718) interviewed by Andrés José Nader and Eva Lezzi
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 2001
- Interview Date
- October 8, 2001.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Werner A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3718). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.