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Julius S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3719) interviewed by Dori Laub and Angela Reinhard

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3719

Videotape testimony of Julius S., who was born in Djursholm, Sweden in 1942 to refugees from Nazi Germany. He recounts placement with Swedish farmers, like many Jewish children, fearing German invasion; few memories prior to traveling to Erlangen, Germany in 1948 to join his father (his parents were divorced); his father's strong German identity; his position at the university; weekly Jewish instruction in Nuremberg; his bar mitzvah; attending boarding school in Berchtesgaden with many children of high-ranking Nazis, including Hess; attending university in Berlin and earning his Ph.D.; developing his interest in German-Jewish relations; teaching at a university in Duisberg for twenty-two years; founding the Solomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institut für Deutsch-Jüdische Geschichte; moving to a university at Potsdam to establish the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien; and assisting in establishing the Jewish Museum in Vienna. Mr. S. discusses his parents' German family histories; his father's academic career and disappointment near his life's end that Germany did not change; a letter his father wrote to him at his birth which he read at his bar mitzvah; German-Jewish relations; how Germany and Germans deal with their Nazi and communist pasts; the influence of the mass media; German lack of remorse; and his own cynicism.

S., Julius, 1942-
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
Interview Date
June 3, 1996.
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Julius S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3719). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.