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Leo G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-753) interviewed by Lucille B. Ritvo and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-753

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.

Author/Creator
G., Leo, 1930-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
June 6, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
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.