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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1303

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    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.
    H., Geoffrey, 1929-2016.
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
    Interview Date
    December 12, 1989.
    Waddesdon (England)
    Great Britain
    United States
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Heidelberg (Germany)
    Cite As
    Geoffrey H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1303). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., 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 hrs., 4 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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