Kurt G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3730) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin and Eva Lezzi
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
- Interview Date
- September 10, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Kurt G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3730). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Kurt G., who was born in Krefeld, Germany in 1927. He relates his family's German identity and having lived there since the Middle Ages; few memories of his father who died; attending a Jewish school; moving to Mülheim in 1934; his next older brother being sent to Scotland; antisemitic harassment in school; his oldest brother evading arrest on Kristallnacht; expulsion from school; shopping since he looked Aryan; placement on a Kindertransport in spring 1939; painful departure from his mother and brother; traveling to London; joining his brother in a Jewish orphanage in Scotland; difficult relations with his brother; hearing from his mother through the Red Cross until 1940; placement with a Christian family in Annan after the war began; a loving relationship with his foster family, with whom he is still in touch; placement in a Jewish home in Glasgow in July 1940; working in war industries as soon as he was old enough; joining FDJ (German anti-fascist youth group); enlisting in the British military in 1944; serving in Trieste; transfer to Germany in fall 1945; translating at POW camps; returning to Mülheim in 1947; learning his brother had volunteered to go with his mother when she was deported; antisemitism from Germans; finding a few relatives of his large family; joining German leftist groups; and settling in Germany.
Mr. G. discusses pride in his oldest brother for accompanying his mother at the cost of his own life; difficult relations with his other brother who did not try to get his mother and oldest brother to Scotland; attending a reunion of his military unit in 1995 with his grandchildren; and refusing reparation payments because of the German designation "to make good again," which he believes is impossible.