Hans L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-205) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock
- New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
- Interview Date
- June 16, 1980.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hans L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-205). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.