Claude L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-700) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- May 5, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Claude L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-700). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Claude L., who was born in Paris, France in 1926. Mr. L. recalls his family's varied eastern European origins; his paternal grandfather's service and injuries in World War I, for which he received high military distinctions; his father's service and subsequent gassing; his mother's difficult childhood; his parents' arranged marriage; their separation when he was nine; his lack of a traditional Jewish upbringing; and awareness of his Judaism resulting from World War II. He describes his father's intuition that the German occupation would result in tragedy; his father's preparing him and his two younger siblings to hide; attending boarding school in Clermont Ferrand; organizing an underground movement in school; later learning his father was in the Resistance; joining the Maquis; fighting until the end of 1944; resuming his studies; his sense of the inability of people to grasp the scope of the Holocaust at that time; philosophy studies in Germany; a lectureship at the University of Berlin; and a trip to Israel as a journalist resulting in his film "Pourquoi Israel?" Mr. L. discusses his film "Shoah" - his motivations, obsessions, and experiences in the eleven years of its creation and the importance of Israel's existence to the Jewish people and to himself.