Erich G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-96) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock
- Boston, Mass. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
- Interview Date
- July 21, 1980.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Erich G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-96). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Erich G., a survivor of the Holocaust, teaches a course on the Holocaust at Harvard University. In this interview Professor G. speaks as a scholar and educator rather than as a survivor. He discusses the unprecedented, almost universal sadism of the Nazis, the uncharacteristically violent behavior of many Jews, and the difficulties in accounting for the occurrence of this world of extreme cruelty and aggressiveness. He compares and contrasts the psychology of the executioners and their victims. The necessity for and difficulty of maintaining clinical detachment in Holocaust scholarship are discussed. Professor G. also describes the Holocaust course he teaches. In his opinion the Holocaust shows the tremendous barbarity and aggressiveness which are stored in our civilization: "We live in a volcano."