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Henry A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-940) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-940

Videotape testimony of Henry A., who was born in Salonika, Greece in 1910. He describes his education; working in his father's coffee house; the absence of antisemitism in Salonika; importing auto parts and radios in the 1930s; his arranged marriage; the birth of his son in 1939; and the outbreak of war with Italy in 1940. He recalls military training at Nauplion in 1941; returning to Salonika after the German occupation; refusing to divulge names of customers who bought radios; becoming a textile merchant; being fined for "overcharging" German customers; paying a doctor to certify him an invalid to avoid forced labor; and ghettoization of Salonika in February 1943. Mr. A. relates going into hiding with his wife and son in March; numerous Greek Orthodox and Muslim people who hid them; deportation of his in-laws; entry of communist partisans into Salonika in October 1944 after the Germans had left; translation work for British Military Liaison/Greece; a visit to the United States in 1946; and founding an export business in New York. Mr. A. discusses a memoir he is writing for his children and his gratitude to the many friends and officials who aided him during the war.

Author/Creator
A., Henry, 1910-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
October 9, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-940). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holcaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/972023
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