Haim S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4079) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1998
- Interview Date
- January 19 and 20, 1998.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Haim S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4079). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Haim S., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1923. In addition to information included in a previously recorded testimony, he recounts the importance of singing to his family; his bar mitzvah; briefly fleeing to Toulouse at the German invasion; participating in Gordonyah; singing for extra food in the camps; public hangings; being raped by a German kapo; and his mother and sisters returning from Turkey after the war with Red Cross assistance. Mr. S. discusses reciting poetry and mentally calculating equations as a coping mechanism in the camps; continuing behaviors resulting from his camp experiences; his postwar political development leading him to embrace socialism; his marriages; continuing his education and his academic career in France; focusing on Sephardic languages and culture; and sharing his experiences with his son.