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Harry M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4390)

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    Videotape testimony of Harry M., a prominent Dutch author, who was born in Netherlands in 1927. He recalls his father was a German non-Jew and his mother a Dutch Jew; their divorce in 1936; living in Haarlem with his father; weekly visits to his mother in Amsterdam; neither of his parents practicing any religion, although his mother celebrated holidays with her Jewish friends; German invasion in 1940; his father's position at the bank that spearheaded the confiscation of Jewish assets and property; his mother's arrest in May 1943; his father arranging her release; deportation of his grandmother and great-grandmother to Sobibor; protection from a round-up by his father; his father's three-year imprisonment after the war as a collaborator; beginning to write in 1946; and a literary prize at age twenty-four establishing his career. Mr. M. discusses the impact of the war and Holocaust upon his writing; attending the Eichmann trial; the witness accounts of the Holocaust “making him sick;” his subsequent book; traveling to Auschwitz/Birkenau and Sobibor; the influence of other authors upon his work; his writing process; and the moral ambiguity of his father's misdeeds, resulting in his mother's and his survival.
    M., Harry, 1927-2010.
    Amsterdam, Netherlands : Words & Images, 1992
    Interview Date
    July 16 and 17, 2005.
    Haarlem (Netherlands)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Cite As
    Harry M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4390). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Dutch.
    Due to the fact that this testimony contains significant dialogue between the witness and the interviewer, two versions were produced at the time of the taping. One version has the camera focused solely on the witness; the second has two cameras alternating between the witness and the interviewer.
    Related publication: The procedure / Harry Mulisch ; translated by Paul Vincent. -- London : Viking, c2001.
    Related publication: The discovery of heaven : a novel / Harry Mulisch ; translated by Paul Vincent. -- New York : Viking, c1996.
    Related publication: Het stenen bruidsbed / Harry Mulisch. -- Amsterdam : Bezige Bij, c1997.
    Related publication: Criminal case 40/61, the trial of Adolf Eichmann : an eyewitness account / Harry Mulisch ; translated by Robert Naborn ; foreword by Debórah Dwork. -- Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2005.
    Related publication: The assault / Harry Mulisch ; translated from the Dutch by Claire Nicolas White. -- New York : Pantheon Books, c1985.
    Related publication: Siegfried / Harry Mulisch ; translated by Paul Vincent. -- New York : Viking, c2003.
    Related publication: Two women / Harry Mulisch ; translated from the Dutch by Els Early. -- London : J. Calder ; New York : Riverrun Press, c1980.
    Related publication: De compositie van de wereld / Harry Mulisch. -- Amsterdam : Bezige Bij, c1986.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (4 hr., 51 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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