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Henry M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-932) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Vivian Perlis,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-932

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    Videotape testimony of Henry M., who was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1923. Mr. M., a violinist in a renowned string quartet, recalls his youth in a musical family; playing solo with the Dresden Philharmonic; giving recitals with his brother as a member of the Jewish Kulturband; his music studies in Prague in 1936; returning to Dresden after the annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938; and a brief imprisonment following Kristallnacht. He describes the difficulties of being a Jewish musician at war's outset; acts of kindness by sympathetic non-Jews; forced labor (making condoms and later assembling timers for detonators); his arrest for having a non-Jewish girlfriend; the deportation of his parents to Rīga (they did not return) in 1941; and deportation with his brother to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943. He recounts details of camp conditions; his brother's illness and selection for death; his placement in the men's prisoner orchestra; close bonds among orchestra members; transport late in 1944 to Ohrdruf; his escape to the Allies during a forced march to Buchenwald in April 1945; and a personal interview with General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
    M., Henry, 1923-
    New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
    Interview Date
    June 2, 1987.
    Dresden (Germany)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    Henry M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-932). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Perlis, Vivian, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 21 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Crystal Night, 1938.

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