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Harry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3770) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3770

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Harry W., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1921 and raised in Vienna. He recalls his affluent childhood; his family's assimilation, emphasis on Viennese culture, and education; the Anschluss; expulsion from school; his older sisters' emigration; traveling to Prague to continue school; arrest; returning home; being sent to Paris in September 1938; internment in Melsay-du-Maine as an enemy alien after the outbreak of war in September 1939; release and emigration to the United States in January; assistance from HIAS in New York; being drafted in 1942; special training due to his language skills; landing on Normandy Beach on D-Day plus three; volunteering at the Nuremberg trials as his form of revenge; transfer to the Dachau trials; visiting Dachau; visiting his cousin Doris W. after learning from his parents in Argentina that she had survived; bringing Doris to the U.S.; military discharge in New York in 1946; marriage in 1947 to a childhood acquaintance; bringing his parents to the U.S. in 1949; and their deaths in 1950. Mr. W. discusses his fervent patriotism; continued animosity toward Germany despite frequent business trips there; and gratitude for his own luck in escaping Europe.
    Author/Creator
    W., Harry, 1921-
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
    Interview Date
    August 26, 1998.
    Locale
    Germany
    Czechoslovakia
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Paris (France)
    Nuremberg (Germany)
    Meslay-du-Maine (France)
    Austria
    Cite As
    Harry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3770). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Millen, Susan, interviewer.
    Notes
    Associated material: Doris W. Holocaust testimony [cousin] (HVT-1410), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Noncitizens Evacuation and relocation.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4383726
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:33:00
    This page:
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