Stephen F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4009) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
- Interview Date
- May 4, 2000.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Stephen F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4009). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Stephen F., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1912. He recounts his father's leaving for military service in 1914; his return four years later and death shortly thereafter; turmoil during the Nazi takeover in 1933; attending medical school; being warned to leave prior to a raid (his older sister and brother had already emigrated); an unsuccessful attempt to attend medical school in Strasbourg; studying in Amsterdam; joining his brother and sister in the United States; graduating from Harvard Medical School; getting his mother and grandparents out in 1938; becoming a citizen in 1940; not being allowed to enlist in the Navy because his citizenship was so recent; acceptance by the army after Pearl Harbor; interrogating German POWs in Alabama; serving in a hospital in England, then in the Battle of the Bulge; entering Buchenwald a week after liberation; shock at the piles of corpses and multitude of sick and dying prisoners; later entering Theresienstadt; and learning most of his relatives had survived in hiding in Holland. Dr. F. discusses his emotional difficulties remembering and talking about Buchenwald, and relatively better conditions in Theresienstadt.