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Egon and Mina H. and Gerda and Samuel A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4365) interviewed by Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4365

Videotape testimony of Egon and Mina H. Egon H. was born in Berlin, Germany in 1923. He recounts his family's proud German identity; destruction of their business on Kristallnacht; his father's decision to emigrate to Shanghai, the only place open to them; his father opening a grocery store; working in a metal factory; Japanese occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions, including ghettoization; assistance from the Joint and HIAS; food shortages and lack of sanitation; Allied bombings in July 1945; learning of the Holocaust after the war; and emigration to join uncles in the United States. Mina H. was born in Vienna, Austria in 1925. She recalls sudden anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's emigration to Shanghai in March 1939; following with her mother and brother a few months later; her father establishing a tailoring business; attending school a few months; leaving to work in her father's business; retaining their customers after ghettoization; meeting her future husband at a Zionist organization meeting; marriage in January 1947; emigration to the United States; her parents following; and lack of empathy from American relatives. In addition to information included in HVT-4366, Samuel and Gerda A. discuss with Egon and Mina H. the lack of understanding of the plight of European Jews by Americans, including Jews.

H., Egon, 1923-
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
August 20, 1980.
Berlin (Germany)
Vienna (Austria)
Shanghai (China)
Hongkou Qu (Shanghai, China)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Egon and Mina H. and Gerda and Samuel A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4365). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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