Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Geoffrey H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1303) interviewed by Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1303

Videotape testimony of Professor Geoffrey H., a distinguished literary scholar and advisor to Holocaust testimony projects, who was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1929. He tells of assimilated relatives; curiosity about Nazi flags and parades; antisemitic restrictions; placement at age seven in a boy's home supported by the Rothschilds, where his divorced mother thought he would be safer; his mother's departure for America in late 1938; evacuation on a children's transport in March 1939; and arrival with nineteen other boys at the James Rothschild estate in Waddesdon, England. He speaks of his host's generosity; life in wartime England; education; reunion with his mother in the United States in 1945; attending Hunter College, Queens College, and Yale; visiting Frankfurt as a student in 1952; rekindling his Jewish identity while a United States soldier in Heidelberg in 1953; and his subsequent academic career. He discusses German reunification; emotional attachment to Israel; his sense of being a "perpetual refugee"; and integrating survivors into the Jewish community.

Author/Creator
H., Geoffrey, 1929-2016.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
December 12, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Geoffrey H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1303). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.