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Saul F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1679) interviewed by Geoffrey H. Hartman and Dana L. Kline,

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    Videotape testimony of Saul F., a distinguished professor of political science who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1932. He recalls emigration to Paris in 1939, then to central France; his parents placing him in a Catholic monastery; their capture and deportation to Auschwitz; several people hiding his identity during Nazi searches; becoming an ardent Catholic; and discovery by relatives in 1946. He recounts living in boarding school in Paris; a Zionist summer camp; emigrating to Israel with Youth Aliyah in 1948; army service; studying in Paris, Geneva, and at Harvard; marriage in 1959; and working for Nahum Goldman at the World Jewish Congress and Shimon Peres at the Israeli Defense Ministry. Professor F. reflects on his effort to resolve his religious identity, including a memory of his father telling him about Hanukkah in 1941; studying European Jewish history and Martin Buber; visiting a monk who had saved him; and the personal crisis that led to writing his autobiography. He discusses other topics including a conversation with Martin Buber; his impression of Israeli intellectuals' response to the occupation of the West Bank; trends in Holocaust studies; and his children's response to his experience.
    F., Saul, 1932-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
    Interview Date
    November 14, 1991.
    Czech Republic
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Saul F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1679). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hartman, Geoffrey H., interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Related publication: A conflict of memories? : the new German debates about the "Final solution" / by Saul Friedländer. -- New York : Leo Baeck Institute, 1987.
    Related publication: History and psychoanalysis : an inquiry into the possibilities and limits of psychohistory / by Saul Friedländer ; translated by Susan Suleiman. -- New York : Holmes & Meier, 1978.
    Related publication : Kurt Gerstein, the ambiguity of good / by Saul Friedländer : translated from the French and German by Charles Fullman. -- American ed. -- New York : Knopf, 1969.
    Related publication : Pius XII and the Third Reich : a documentation / by Saul Friedländer : translated from the French and German by Charles Fullman. -- 1st American ed. -- New York : Knopf, 1966.
    Related publication: When memory comes / Saul Friedländer ; translated from the French by Helen R. Lane. -- 1st ed. -- New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, c1979, c1978.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 4 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Child survivors.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Zionist activities.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Monasteries. World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish refugees. Jews--Migrations. Identification (Religion) Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Study and teaching. World War, 1939-1945--Study and teaching. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Moral and ethical aspects. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Psychological aspects. Autobiographical memory in literature. Czech Republic. Prague (Czech Republic) Paris (France) Educators. Oral histories (document genres) F., Saul,--1932- Peres, Shimon,--1923-2016. Buber, Martin,--1878-1965. Goldmann, Nahum,--1895-1982. Jewish Agency for Israel.--Youth Aliyah Department.--Mador le-hadrakhah.

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