Peter H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4240) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2003
- Interview Date
- January 30, 2003.
- 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.
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.