Jean H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-540) interviewed by Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- March 19, 1985.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jean H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-540). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jean H., who was born in Danzig, Germany in 1920. She describes family and community life during the 1930s, noting the integration of Jews and non-Jews before 1933; the strong German identity of her father and the rest of her relatives; the beginning of anti-Jewish legislation, which prompted the Jewish community to establish its own schools; her involvement in a Jewish youth group until 1936; increasingly violent displays of antisemitism; and the general deterioration of the Jewish situation. She relates hearing stories of concentration camps in Germany and recalls traveling through Germany in August 1938 en route to England and then the United States. The journey allowed her to witness manifestations of Hitler's cultic popularity throughout the country. She discusses the sea voyage to America; her parents' depression over leaving their families in Germany (where they were all killed); and her postwar life in the United States.