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Hans F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4361) interviewed by Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4361

Videotape testimony of Hans F., who was born in Breslau, Germany (presently Wrocław, Poland). He recounts anti-Jewish restrictions; his father's arrest and incarceration in Buchenwald on Kristallnacht; his release in December 1938 based on his departure from Germany followed by his emigration to Cuba in January 1939; his father's friend arranging for Mr. F., his sister, and mother to emigrate to Cuba; the painful separation from his grandparents (he suspected he would never see them again); buying permits in Hamburg at the Cuban consulate; their departure on the St. Louis; the Cuban government not allowing debarkation; seeing his father on a small boat circling the ship; returning to Europe; debarkation in France; being sent to Laval; living in a children's home near Paris; returning to his mother in Laval; obtaining emigration permits for Cuba with assistance from the Joint; and their ship waiting in Southampton until a convey was formed.

F., Hans.
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
July 17, 1980.
Wrocław (Poland)
Hamburg (Germany)
Laval (Mayenne, France)
Paris (France)
Southampton (England)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hans F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4361). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.