- Videotape testimony of Hans L., who was born in Colmar, Alsace (then Germany, now France) in 1906. He discusses the death of his father shortly after his birth; his childhood in Kassel, Germany and then, from the age of five, in Berlin; and his feelings of Jewish identity within an assimilated family. He recalls the atmosphere in Berlin during World War I; the post-war political instability; and the Nazi rise to power. He speaks of his education as a philosophy student under Martin Heidegger; his pursuit of a medical degree; the anti-Jewish order resulting in his dismissal from his internship in 1933; and his feelings about Heidegger's Nazi affiliation. He relates his decision to leave Germany in 1933; his move to Paris and his inability to become professionally established there; his move to Northern Italy, near Venice, and his position on a hospital staff; and his views on the differences between fascist Germany and Italy. He recounts his emigration to the United States in 1939, following an order forcing foreign Jews to leave Italy; his reception in the United States; and the state of American awareness of the dangers facing German Jewry.
- L., Hans, 1906-
- New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
- Interview Date
- June 16, 1980.
- Alsace (France)
- Cite As
- Hans L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-205). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
- Other Authors/Editors
- Laub, Dori, interviewer.
Vlock, Laurel, interviewer.
Unpublished finding aid available in repository; 1/2 in. VHS is linked to finding aid by time coding.
Associated material: Hans Loewald Papers (MS 1721). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.