Rudolph J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-950) interviewed by Emanuel Landau and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- November 8, 1987.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rudolph J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-950). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rudolph J., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1913. He describes moving to his maternal grandparents' in Wiesbaden during World War I when his father was drafted as a physician; his return to Berlin in 1918; his secular, liberal upbringing; attending university in Berlin; and the beginning of Nazi activity, including the burning of the Reichstag and Hitler's election. He recounts his activity as an anti-Nazi; questioning by storm troopers on an "anti-Jewish day"; leaving Germany for medical school in Genoa, Italy; his family's forced departure from Berlin to Prague; their reunion in Bolzano, Italy; and his return to medical school in Genoa. He recalls completing medical school; not being able to practice in Italy because of its adoption of the Nuremberg laws; and differences between fascist Italy and Germany. He tells of his emigration to New York City in 1939; his medical career; and his marriage. He discusses the impact of the war years on his life; the fate of his relatives in Germany; and the painful memories he experienced on a recent trip to Germany.