John E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-634) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- November 10, 1985.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- John E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-634). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of John E., who was born in Fulda, Germany in 1920. He describes living in a children's home from age eight to twelve; summer vacations with his mother and grandparents in Fulda (his parents were separated); harassment of Jews in 1933; his mother's decision to leave Germany; life in Paris; attending school; assistance received from HIAS and the Joint; and internment in 1939 as an "enemy alien." Mr. E. tells of poor conditions and forced labor in many French camps; rejoining his mother and brother in Marseille in 1942; help from the Joint; internment in Gurs for about a year; posing as a non-Jewish Alsatian under a false name; volunteering to assist in picking up mail and food from German headquarters, which allowed him to leave Gurs on a special pass; living in Bayon; liberation; three months in prison during which he had to prove that he was Jewish and not a German spy; return to Paris; emigration to the United States in May 1946; adjustment difficulties; surgery twenty years later related to his war experience; his mother's death in 1964; and his marriage and family.