Ludwig H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-251) interviewed by Tamar Strauss and Eva Woller
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
- Interview Date
- March 5, 1984.
- 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.
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.