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Eric S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1320) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1320

Videotape testimony of Eric S., who was born in Gymnich, Germany, in 1915. Mr. S. recalls childhood in a small Catholic town; going to Cologne in 1930 to learn office skills; being forced by Nazis to leave his position with a Jewish company in Frankfurt; returning home to help in the family tannery; pillaging of the business during Kristallnacht; incarceration with his two brothers; transport to Dachau; their release because they had documents to leave Germany; emigration with his brothers to Kenya (his parents remained and perished); and arrival in Mombasa. He tells of a Jewish organization which paid their landing fees, and agreeing in return to work on a plantation near Nairobi; learning English and Swahili; settlement assistance received from the local Jewish community; brief internment as an enemy alien in 1939; supplying meat to a camp for Italian POWs from Ethiopia; unsuccessful efforts to join his sister in South Africa; and emigrating to America in 1949.

S., Eric, 1915-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
June 4, 1990.
Gymnich (Erftstadt, Germany)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Cologne (Germany)
Dachau (Germany : Concentration camp)
Mombasa (Kenya)
Nairobi (Kenya)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eric S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1320). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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