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Daniel F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-978) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-978

A follow-up, directed videotape testimony of Daniel F., whose first testimony was recorded in 1980. Dr. F. recounts having a gun after liberation and deciding not to shoot a German; returning home to Craidorolt̨; recovering photographs from a woman and currency his father had buried; reopening his father's store; realizing he had no future there; traveling with a cousin to Budapest, Vienna and Paris; and joining an uncle in the United States. He discusses fantasizing about revenge and food in the camps; the vividness of some memories and loss of others; telling himself in the camps to remember things, like the chimneys in Auschwitz/Birkenau; prisoners' differing "thicknesses" of veneers of civilization; after liberation judging people by estimating the "thickness" of their veneer; deep depression following his first testimony, despite having shared memories with his children before; considering suicide in Kaufering; lack of choices for Jews during the Holocaust; his desire to survive in order to tell what happened; avoiding death selections through sheer luck; praying together on Yom Kippur; people's reluctance to hear his story when he arrived in the States; a friend in medical school who was interested; and no longer judging people by their "veneer" after sharing his experiences with his friend.

Author/Creator
F., Daniel, ca. 1928-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
April 29, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
5 copies: 2 3/4 in. masters; 2 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Daniel F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-978). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4282786
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