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

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    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)
    Cite As
    Robert S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4322). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.

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