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Ludwig H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-251) interviewed by Tamar Strauss and Eva Woller

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-251

Videotape testimony of Ludwig H., who was born in Grünberg, Germany in 1902. He describes moving to Breslau, then Dortmund where he spent his youth and young adulthood; anti-Semitic incidents prior to the war; arrest in 1933 by three Nazis; imprisonment with his dog; the return of his dog by the S.A. to Mr. H.'s mother; his own release after eight days with a document certifying his imprisonment; and escape with his brother to Paris, where he was allowed to remain because of the document which proved he was a victim of religious persecution. He recalls working for a banker; his marriage in 1934; his successful business, manufacturing toys in partnership with his wife and brother; the outbreak of war in 1939; his incarceration in a camp near Poitiers and his wife's in Gurs; their reunion in Limoges in 1941; and the onset of difficulty with his vision. He relates their escape with the help of a Frenchman to Italian territory; moving to Grenoble; joining the Maquis in the nearby hills; and liberation in August 1944, by which time he was almost blind. Mr. H. tells of emigration to New York in 1948; attempts to correct his blindness which he attributes to poor nutrition and health care during the war; his career; and his wife's death four years ago.

Author/Creator
H., Ludwig, 1902-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
March 5, 1984.
Language
German
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ludwig H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-251). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/946948
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