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Moses D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4098) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4098

Videotape testimony of Moses D., who was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1933, the oldest of four children. He remembers their affluence; a maid caring for the younger children; separation from their parents when they were placed on a train in July 1939; adults from the kindertransport accompanying them to London; being met by an uncle and aunt; his younger siblings being sent to foster homes; briefly staying in a hostel; living with his uncle and aunt; close calls during the blitzkrieg; visiting his siblings; antisemitic and anti-German harassment; learning his parents had left Germany; his uncle's incarceration as an enemy alien; hearing in 1944 that his parents were in Canada (they survived hiding in Italy); legal efforts to get his siblings back; resistance from their foster families; with his uncle, kidnapping his sister from school to hasten the legal process; living with his siblings with their uncle and aunt after the court decision; his siblings' trauma being wrenched from the only homes they knew; and reunion with their parents in New York in 1947. Mr. D. discusses emotional scars resulting from the war years, including claustrophobia from the blitzkrieg, and one brother's inability to adjust. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
D., Moses, 1933-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
Interview Date
November 10, 2000.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub.; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moses D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4098). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4677285
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