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John S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-975) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-975

A follow-up, directed videotape testimony of Reverend John S., whose first testimony was recorded in 1983. Reverend S. relates satisfaction from his first testimony, particularly in countering Holocaust deniers; detailed visual and aural recall of events he experienced during the Holocaust, despite hazy memories of others; his walking away from the train without protesting as symbolic of an entire generation; despite taking great risks to hide Czech resistants, his continuing sense of personal tragedy in not having helped Jews; speaking at length about this on the rare opportunities when he can; the importance of teaching all students about the Holocaust, particularly if they are to value democracy; his sensory, rather than narrative sense of memory; leaving for China in 1947 which provided no opportunity to discuss his war experiences, except when visiting his mother in Košice; reluctance of others to recall this period; and his mother's great sadness at the fate of her beloved Jewish neighbors. He emphasizes the importance of protesting against any oppression.

S., John, 1922-1988.
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1987
Interview Date
December 11, 1987.
Košice (Slovakia)
3 copies: 1 3/4 in. master; 1 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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John S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-975). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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