Leo G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-753) interviewed by Lucille B. Ritvo and Sara Moss Herz
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- June 6, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Leo G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-753). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Leo G., who was born in Vukovar, Yugoslavia in 1930. He documents the beliefs and activities of his father, a fifth generation cantor; his deeply religious family environment; his father's concern about the rise of Nazism; and the family's consequent relocation from Opava, Czechoslovakia to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1934. He describes the well-integrated Jewish community and the irrelevance of religious affiliation to the Danish national identity; German occupation in 1940; Danish insistence on control of domestic affairs (including the right to protect all citizens); and minor anti-Nazi activities. He recounts the Nazi reaction to Danish resistance; internment of Danish leftists; the Aktions of August-October 1943; his family's hiding; escaping by boat with the aid of non-Jewish Danes to Malmö; and spending the war in Göteborg, Sweden. Mr. G., a professor of psychology, discusses the historical, cultural and political factors which explain the rescue of Denmark's Jews, and the role of this event in cementing a determined Danish resistance movement.