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Kurt and Trude S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-14) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-14

Videotape testimony of Kurt S., who was born in 1904 in Oelde, Westphalia, and his wife Trude S., who was born in Wiesbaden. Mr. S. recalls that his family was the only Jewish one in the neighborhood; antisemitism during high school; passing his law exams in 1928-1929; the boycott of Jewish businesses; losing his job as a result of the Nuremberg laws; and taking a new job in Wiesbaden where he then met Mrs. S. Mrs. S. speaks of her childhood memories and religious observance; nationalist protest in 1930; and anti-Jewish actions in 1934. Mr S. describes his arrest during Kristallnacht and the transport in cattle cars to Dachau; securing false papers which enabled his release from Dachau; and leaving Wiesbaden for England in 1939, followed by Mrs. S. several days later. Other topics include the deaths of members of their families; Mrs. S.'s feelings about not being able to help her parents; and Mr. S.'s shift from orthodox to conservative Judaism.

Author/Creator
S., Kurt, 1904-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
February 9, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Kurt and Trude S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-14). 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/616899
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