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Peter H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4240) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4240

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Peter H., who was born in 1920 in Hannover, Germany. He recounts his parents' divorce; being raised by a Catholic governess; his bar mitzvah; anti-Jewish laws; expulsion from school in 1936; apprenticeship in a Jewish-owned chemical factory; the factory's expropriation; losing his job; studying chemistry privately in Berlin; working as a chemist; Kristallnacht;, obtaining visas with his mother and brother at the American Consulate in Hamburg; visiting relatives in Cologne and Amsterdam; emigration to the United States in 1939; learning his father had emigrated to Thailand; communicating with him via the Red Cross; receiving letters from his paternal grandmother (she committed suicide en route to Auschwitz); and marriage in 1944. Mr. H. discusses his strong sense of family; visiting his governess who had saved his maternal grandmother; a trip to Germany in 1964 with his wife and children; attending the dedication of a Holocaust memorial in Hannover in 1997; relatives who had perished and others who had escaped; and an extended family reunion in California in 1989. He shows photographs, a family history, and his mother's record of his childhood.
    Author/Creator
    H., Peter, 1920-
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2003
    Interview Date
    January 30, 2003.
    Locale
    Germany
    Hannover (Germany)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Hamburg (Germany)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Cite As
    Peter H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4240). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rudof, Joanne Weiner, interviewer.
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.
    Notes
    Additional written materials are available in the repository.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    4 copies: Betacam SP master; DVCam submaster; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 18 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Nuremberg laws.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6254242
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
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