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Robert S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4322) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Barbara Hadley Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4322

Videotape testimony of Robert S., who was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1919, the youngest of five children. He recalls attending a Jewish school; visiting his sisters and their families in Kraków; working in his family's business; an SS friend warning him of Kristallnacht; German invasion of Poland; one brother fleeing to Nice; his parents being trapped in Poland while visiting Kraków; four failed attempts to leave Germany; arrest and release in Zwieselstein, Austria during an attempt; moving to Berlin; being smuggled with his cousin to the Netherlands in November 1939; living at his uncle's home in Amsterdam; obtaining visas for his parents; their move to Italy; acquiring a United States visa in Rotterdam; traveling to Leipzig to obtain additional required documents; traveling by ship to the United States; his parents' arrival a year later; enlisting in the navy in 1942; and marriage. Mr. S. discusses a 1993 German government-sponsored visit to Leipzig with his wife; his sisters, one brother, their spouses, and children being killed by the Nazis; his surviving brother who had emigrated to Argentina; and not sharing his experiences with his children. He shows photographs.

S., Robert, 1919-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
Interview Date
September 7, 2004.
Leipzig (Germany)
Kraków (Poland)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Zwieselstein (Austria)
Berlin (Germany)
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Robert S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4322). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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