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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-978

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    Overview

    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Paris (France)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Craidorolt (Romania)
    Cite As
    Daniel F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-978). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Langer, Lawrence L., interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Notes
    Due to the fact that this testimony contains significant dialogue between the witness and the interviewers, two versions were produced at the time of the taping. One version has the camera focused solely on the witness; the second has two cameras alternating between the witness and the interviewers. The interviewers' questions are based on their study of the original testimony as well as a discussion of the witness's memories of the first testimony, its impact on his life, and general issues concerning memory and language.
    Associated material: Daniel F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-153), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Additional printed documents are available in the respository.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    5 copies: 2 3/4 in. masters; 2 3/4 in. dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 21 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4282786
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:44:00
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