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Walter G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1266) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1266

Videotape testimony of Walter G., who was born in Berlichingen, Germany, in 1924. Mr. G. recalls prewar life based on mutual respect between Jews and Catholics in his "conservative" village; the first antisemitic incidents in 1937; having to leave public school and attend a Jewish one in an orphanage near Stuttgart; Kristallnacht, when he and others at the school were beaten and Torahs burned; and returning home to care for his family's business when his father was briefly interned in 1939. He recounts coming to the United States to join his sister in May 1939; his parents arrival in September; joining the United States Army in 1943 and encountering antisemitism there; serving in Scotland, England, France, Belgium and the Pacific; marriage in 1947; and his subsequent career as a baker. He reflects on the birth of his children in 1948 and 1960; their careers; and the suicide of his son in 1985.

Author/Creator
G., Walter, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
June 15, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Walter G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1266). 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/982255
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