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Ernst W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3739) interviewed by Stefanie Brauer and Eva Lezzi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3739

Videotape testimony of Ernst W., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1910, an only child. He recalls attending school until 1924; his father losing his business during the hyperinflation; harassment by and street fights with Nazis; joining the Zionist group Hechalutz; agricultural training in Neuendorf to prepare for emigration, seeing no future in Germany as a Jew; his girlfriend's emigration to the United States; his emigration to Palestine in 1937; getting his parents out in 1939; his father's death a year later; his marriage; his son's birth in 1940; learning of the camps and extermination of the Jews after the war; his divorce; his mother's death in 1954; and returning to Germany in 1970 at the government's invitation. Mr. W. discusses his life in Israel; his continuing sense of Israeli identity; sharing his story with his son; the deaths of most of his family; and organizing a library in the residential facility in which he lives. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
W., Ernst, 1910-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
Interview Date
April 19, 1996.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ernst W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3739). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4298861
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