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John F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3797) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3797

Videotape testimony of John F., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1917. He recalls his mother's Sabbath observance; the death of one younger sister; outbreaks of antisemitism; studying medicine; membership in Zionist organizations; the Anschluss in 1938; confiscation of his father's business; illegally traveling to Venice in August; staying with an aunt in Trieste; returning to Venice; traveling to Zurich on a tourist visa; his father's arrest after Kristallnacht; attempting to obtain visas to China for his parents and siblings in Bern; resuming his studies; helping his professor smuggle his son into Switzerland, resulting in his arrest for espionage; detention in Zurich, Saint Gall, and Leysin; release in 1944; continuing his studies; being sent to Flims from 1945-1946 because he was still under suspicion; learning of Auschwitz from survivors; practicing psychiatry in Geneva; his father's death in 1949; emigration to the United States in 1954; and marriage in 1957. Dr. F. discusses his sister's prewar emigration to England; his parents' survival in France; and visiting his mother annually in Vienna until her death in 1986.

F., John, 1917-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
April 20, 1998.
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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John F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3797). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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