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Howard F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-685) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Kathy Strochlic,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-685

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    Videotape testimony of Howard F., who was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 1910. Mr. F. speaks of his childhood in a "typical German-Jewish, upper-middle-class family"; his father's friendship with department store magnate David May; regarding his best friend's anti-Semitic remarks as a fact of life; difficulties seeking membership in a local club; attending Nazi rallies to learn the identities of regional party leaders; attending Munich University, where he represented Jews in the student parliament; returning to his parents' home in Saarbrücken after graduation; and leaving his first job before the Saar plebiscite of 1935. He relates working as a legal and emigration affairs advisor in Frankfurt for the Centralverein; Kristallnacht; arrest and incarceration in Buchenwald; release in December 1938, after his father secured an affidavit from David May's son, who later refused to hire him in America; living for a year as a "quasi-adopted" son with a family in Oxford; arrival in America in 1940; a friend helping him obtain a loan for his parents' steamship passage; working for Selfhelp and other Jewish organizations; and his successful career in insurance brokerage and international finance.
    F., Howard, 1910-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
    Interview Date
    April 7, 1986.
    Kaiserslautern (Germany)
    Saarbrücken (Germany)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Oxford (England)
    Saarland (Germany)
    Cite As
    Howard F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-685). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Bayme, Edith, interviewer.
    Strochlic, Kathy, 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 (1 hr. 35 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Nuremberg laws.
    Postwar experiences.

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