Jerry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4137) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1999
- Interview Date
- November 12, 1999.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jerry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4137). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jerry W., who was born in Landsberg am Lech, Germany in 1927. He recounts his mother's divorce and remarriage; living with his grandmother; his beloved dog's disappearance, then finding a box at his door with the dog's corpse and an antisemitic note; expulsion from school; attending a girls' convent school (he was the only boy); having to leave when officials learned he was there; attending a Jewish boarding school in Coburg; being forced to shine a German officer's shoes and carry books to a fire on Kristallnacht; emigration with his mother and stepfather to the United States via Hamburg in 1939; serving in the Navy for two years; marriage to a survivor; and the births of two daughters. Mr. W. discusses trips to Germany and recently learning his biological father was deported from Berlin and did not return. He shows photographs.