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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-685

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.

Author/Creator
F., Howard, 1910-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
April 7, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Howard F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-685). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.