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Martin S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1091) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Sandra Rosenstock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1091

A follow-up, directed videotape testimony of Martin S., whose first testimony was recorded in 1986. Mr. S. notes his first testimony was primarily for his children; hope that future scholars can discover the basis for extreme cruelty; meaninglessness of time in concentration camps; being kept alive in Skarżysko as a model factory worker because he ran so many machines at once; an SS officer saving his mother and brother to reward him, but randomly killing others; believing "they made an animal out of" him which still governs much of his present behavior; becoming completely introverted, obsessed with his own survival; guilt that he did not share food with others; staying out of sight, lying about his age and exceeding work quotas as survival strategies; improved conditions in Buchenwald; passionately wanting revenge after liberation; gradually acquiring humane values, particularly from his mother; fear of identifying himself as a Jew for many years after liberation, but raising his children in orthodoxy; resentment that he had no childhood; trying to capture some sense of youth through his children; bitterness at not understanding why he was the object of such intense hatred; continuing dreams; and hope that humans will learn to be less cruel.

Author/Creator
S., Martin, 1933-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 19, 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
Martin S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1091). 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/4283233
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