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Dietrich G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1106) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Geoffrey H. Hartman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1106

Videotape testimony of Dietrich G., who was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in 1914. Mr. G. speaks of his family's move to Potsdam in 1924; his Christian mother and Jewish father (he had converted to Christianity); his father losing his government job; an unsuccessful police search of the house for his father on Kristallnacht; his father's departure to Britain in 1939 (he later perished in an air raid); and the outbreak of war preventing his mother and him from emigrating. He recalls wartime Berlin;, efforts to be inconspicuous; joining a Confessional Church group which rescued Jews; hiding a Jewish man and his daughter; forced labor in October 1944 at an Organisation Todt camp at Burg near Magdeburg; relatively lenient conditions; smuggling food from camp for his girlfriend to give to Jews in hiding; and the camp's dissolution in April 1945. He discusses his establishment of a current affairs journal at the University of Göttingen in 1947 and the work of the Planck Institute, of which he is the retired director, in investigating contemporary German educational attitudes to nationalism, antisemitism and the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
G., Dietrich, 1914-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
August 2, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dietrich G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1106). 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/972028
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