Saul F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1679) interviewed by Geoffrey H. Hartman and Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- November 14, 1991.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Saul F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1679). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.