Edgar H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3726) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin and Eva Lezzi
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
- Interview Date
- August 7, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Edgar H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3726). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Edgar H., who was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1926. He recounts his father's service in World War I; moving to Halle when he was three; his affluent childhood; antisemitic harassment in school; moving to his grandparents in Siret with his mother and brother in 1938 (his father thought it would be safe); participating in Zionist organizations; a two-month evacuation to Craiova when war began; not being allowed to return to Siret; living in Rădăuți; deportation to the Mogilev ghetto; a privileged position at the Jagendorf factory; liberation by Soviets in spring 1944; traveling to his aunt in Cernăuti; reunion with his family in Siret; illegal emigration to Palestine in 1945, including two month's incarceration in Stara Zagora; friendship with Jakov Lind; aspiring to be a writer; joining his family in Lyon (his father survived hiding in France); their emigration to the United State in 1951; and moving to Munich and Berlin in order to write in German. Mr. H. discusses his books, which include information about his war experiences; his literary career; and comtemplating other people's Holocaust experiences. He shows photographs and his books and is joined by his wife Marianne.