Harry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3770) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen
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.
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
- Interview Date
- August 26, 1998.
Prague (Czech Republic)
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Harry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3770). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.