Joe W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1298) interviewed by Susanna Neuman and Judit Jung
- New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
- Interview Date
- November 12, 1989.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Joe W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1298). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Joe W., who was born in Schweinfurt, Germany in 1922. He describes his family's business, established in 1833; a happy childhood; attending trade school in Berlin in 1937 after Jews were expelled from public schools; hiding with his friend during Kristallnacht; learning of his father's imprisonment and wanton destruction of their business; obtaining permission to go to Sweden with assistance from a Swedish counsel; obtaining a passport with assistance from a German officer; arriving in Sweden on April 30, 1939; and emigrating to the United States from Norway. Mr. W. recounts learning from a German Red Cross letter dated April 7, 1942 that his parents were deported to Izbica and were listed as "lost". He notes many relatives who were killed; the family's strong German identification, while remaining orthodox Jews; his animosity toward Germans; and he shows photographs and documents.