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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4240

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.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: Betacam SP master; DVCam submaster; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Peter H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4240). 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/6254242
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:32:00
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