German Jewish civilian emigrated from Germany to GB, 1936; interned in GB and Canada, 1940-1941; civilian doctor worked in GB, 1941-1942; officer served with Royal Army Medical Corps in GB, North West Europe and Palestine, 1943-1947
REEL 1 Aspect of period as civilian living in Hamburg, 1916-1936: family; education; experience of Anti-Semitism at school in Hamburg c1933; family members who left Nazi Germany; financial problems on leaving Germany, 1936. Period medical student at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, 1936-1940: initial impressions of GB; studying medicine; relations with civilians, late 1930s; classification as 'friendly alien', 9/1939. Recollections of period as internee in GB and Canada, 1940-1941: arrest as internee, 5/1940; internment at Huyton and Douglas camps; character of voyage from GB to Canada aboard Etterick, summer 1940; treatment by camp commandant in camp near Quebec; volunteering to return to GB, 1941; attitude to having been interned. Period as civilian doctor in Rotherham, 1941-1943: resumption of medical studies; difficulty of obtaining work; volunteering for British Army, 1943.
REEL 2 Continues: Recollections of operations as officer with Royal Army Medical Corps in North West Europe, 1944-1945: dealing with casualties in Normandy beachhead, 1944; question of quality of US medical services; destruction of SS records at Werden; liberation of Sandbostel POW and Concentration Camps; initial refusal of German nurses to aid concentration camp survivors; method of feeding camp survivors; condition of camp survivors; dealing with typhus; recuperation at Cuxhaven. Aspects of period as officer with Royal Army Medical Corps in Palestine, 1946-1947: role running field dressing stations for illegal immigrants; dealing with British officer's poor treatment of illegal Jewish immigrant patient; attitude towards political issues in Palestine. Acquiring British nationality after leaving British Army and prejudice he encountered in Edinburgh.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.