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Haim G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1352) interviewed by Benjamin Harshav and Geoffrey H. Hartman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1352

Videotape testimony of Haim G., a prominent Israeli poet, journalist, and filmmaker, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1923. He recounts his parents' emigration from Russia in 1919; their political activism and commitment to leftist, atheist beliefs; tensions due to political conflicts in Palestine; being sent as a child to live at Kibbutz Bet Alfa without his parents; active participation in Shomer ha-tsaʻir and another youth group; attending Kaduri; studying with Yitzhak Rabin and Yigal Allon; writing lyrics and poetry; joining the Haganah and Palmaḥ; writing songs; learning of the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1942; listening to survivors in 1944, which greatly impacted him; fighting against the British in 1946; being sent to Hungary by the Palmaḥ in 1947 to smuggle survivors for illegal emigration to Palestine; organizing groups in Prague, Karlovy Vary, and Košice; writing about the Eichmann trial; and Yitzhak Zuckerman asking him to make films about the Holocaust. Mr. G. discusses his understanding of the Holocaust influencing his poetry; believing those living in Palestine did not do enough - even though it would have been only a gesture - to save Jews; his own Jewish/Israeli identity; and continuing contacts with Rabin.

Author/Creator
G., Haim, 1923-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
December 6, 1996.
Locale
Palestine
Bet Alfa (Israel)
Tel Aviv (Israel)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)
Košice (Slovakia)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Haim G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1352). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294989
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