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Hans L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-205) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-205

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    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)
    Colmar (France)
    Kassel (Germany)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Paris (France)
    Venice (Italy)
    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    Unpublished finding aid available in repository; 1/2 in.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.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 37 min.) : col

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