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Yehuda A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2679) interviewed by Geoffrey H. Hartman and Benjamin Harshav

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2679

Videotape testimony of Yehuda A., who was born in Würzburg, Germany in 1924. He recalls his family's liberal orthodoxy; attending school; antisemitic harassment and violence after Hitler's ascent to power; emigration with his family to Palestine in 1935; enlisting in the British army in 1941; smuggling arms and refugees to Palestine after his discharge; joining the Haganah in 1946, then the Palmaḥ in 1947; serving in the Israel-Arab War; meeting the poet Haim Gouri in the military; beginning to write poetry; marriage in 1949; and writing a novel resulting from his visit to Würzburg and thoughts about the Holocaust. Mr. A. discusses his initial indifference to survivor-immigrant accounts; his gradual absorption of the scale and horror of the Holocaust; his poetry; a recent visit with his children to Würzburg; artistic representation of trauma including films; and his sense of "Jewish historical memory."

Author/Creator
A., Yehuda, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
November 3, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yehuda A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2679). 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/4288542
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