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Haim G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4261)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4261

Videotape testimony of Haim G., a prominent Israeli poet, journalist, and filmmaker, who was born in Tel Aviv, Palestine (presently Israel) in 1923. In addition to information included in a previously recorded testimony (HVT-1352), Mr. G. discusses attending a memorial service in the main Budapest synagogue in 1947; accompanying a group of survivors traveling to Vienna; observing poor conditions at the Rothschild Hospital displaced persons camp; training survivors in Czechoslovakia as future paratroopers for the Israeli military; returning to Israel to fight in the Arab-Israel War, often alongside Holocaust survivors; completing his first book, Pirḥe-Esh: Shirim in 1949; studying at Hebrew University for two years, then the Sorbonne for one year; his wife joining him; writing a book in 1951 that was banned; editing then republishing it; and translating French literature to Hebrew. Mr. G. discusses some of his publications; not believing in God, but the importance of this belief to Israel, his Israeli identity, thus his interest in God; thinking about the Holocaust daily and its influence on his work; and additional themes about which he writes: humans, their internal worlds, family, love, nationhood, and the place of humans in the nation.

G., Haim, 1923-2018
Israel : Words & Images, 2002
Interview Date
July 25, 2002.
Tel Aviv (Israel)
Budapest (Hungary)
Bet Alfa (Israel)
Vienna (Austria)
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Haim G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4261). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:32:00
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