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Benno S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2546) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Deborah Koeppel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2546

Videotape testimony of Benno S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1937. He recounts his family's move to Paris during the Anschluss; his father's deportation to Pithiviers in 1941; his mother's friend bringing him and his older brother to live with a non-Jewish woman in Meudon in 1942; four or five other children living there; attending church (he did not know he was Jewish); his mother's sister retrieving them in 1945; reunion with their mother in Grenoble; learning his father had been killed in Auschwitz; his mother's remarriage; the birth of a half-brother; living with his aunt in London from 1952 to 1956, then with an aunt in France; joining an uncle in the United States in 1961; military enlistment in 1962; posting to France for eighteen months; marriage; graduating from college; a government job; and the births of two children. Mr. S. discusses the continuing trauma of the loss of his father; perceiving himself as a stranger no matter where he is; becoming orthodox; his children's lack of interest in his experiences; and never having met anyone who could understand his situation. He shows the document verifying his father's death.

Author/Creator
S., Benno, 1937-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 15, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master, and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Benno S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2546). 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/4287867
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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