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Gerhart R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-764) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-764

Videotape testimony of Gerhart R., who was born in Berlin. He discusses his pre-1933 career as a junior lawyer and state employee in Berlin; his dismissal when Hitler came to power; his departure from Germany in 1933; and his post as legal secretary for the newly created World Jewish Congress (WJC) in Geneva. He relates his struggle for the rights of the Danzig Jews; the successful WJC campaign in 1938 against the anti-Semitic government of Romania; his responsibility to inform WJC officials in Geneva and New York of wartime atrocities; and his sources of information about Nazi medical experiments, deportations, and plans for total extermination in summer 1942. He describes the unwillingness of the allied governments, the Vatican, and the Red Cross to accept or publicize Hitler's plans; his views on the reason for this and for the Allied failure to bomb Auschwitz; and his efforts to solicit money for rescue attempts. Mr. R. also tells of his postwar involvement with displaced persons camps.

Author/Creator
R., Gerhart, 1911-2001.
Published
Jerusalem, Israel : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
May 21, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gerhart R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-764). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.