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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.

G., Haim, 1923-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
December 6, 1996.
Bet Alfa (Israel)
Tel Aviv (Israel)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)
Košice (Slovakia)
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.
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