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David A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4402)

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    Videotape testimony of David A., who was born in Pejë, Yugoslavia (presently Kosovo) in 1948. He recounts his parents were both Holocaust survivors, each of whom had a spouse and children prior to the war who did not survive (his mother's sons were hidden then killed immediately after the war in an accident); his father's career as a physician; his religious observances; moving to Ćuprija when he was about a year old, then to Zemun; developing his interest in Judaism; participating in Jewish activities during the summer; his parents sharing their Holocaust experiences with him and his sister; his parents encouraging him and his sister to read; his rebellious nature leading to his passion for rock and roll; attending university; studying English; beginning to write; and moving to Canada with his wife and children in 1994. Mr. A. discusses his books based on his family's experiences; the impact of Judaism on his work; authors who have influenced him; transferring his Jewish identity to his children through Jewish culture; writing only in Serbian; postmodern genres; hidden links throughout all his writings; events in Yugoslavia; his multiple identities; and other topics related to religions; literature, philosophy, and history.
    A., David, 1948-
    Calgary (Alta.) : Words & Images, 2006
    Interview Date
    September 10, 2006.
    Pejë (Kosovo)
    Zemun (Belgrade, Serbia)
    Ćuprija (Serbia)
    Cite As
    David A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4402). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Serbian.
    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: Porodočno vreme / David Albahari. -- Beograd : Narodna knjiga, c1996.
    Related publication: Mamac / David Albahari. -- Beograd : Narodna knjiga, c1996.
    Related publication: Bait / David Albahari ; translated from the Serbian by Peter Agnone. -- Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, c2001.
    Related publication: Tsing / David Albahari ; translated from the Serbian by the author. -- Evanston, IL : Northwestern University Press, c1997.
    Related publication: Cink / David Albahari ; pogovor Aleksandar Jerkov. -- Beograd : Filip Višnjiʹc, c1988.
    Related publication: Leeches / David Albahari ; translated from the Serbian by Ellen Elias-Bursać. -- Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2011.
    Related publication: Snow man / David Albahari ; translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac. -- Vancouver, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, c2005.
    Related publication: Neobične priče / David Albahari. -- Beograd : Stubovi kulture, c1999.
    Related publication: Sudija Dimitrijević / David Albahari. -- Beograd : Narodna knjiga, c1996.
    Related publication: Opis smrti / David Albahari. -- Beograd : Narodna knjiga, c1996.
    Related publication: Gec i Majer / David Albahari. -- Beograd : Stubovi kulture, c1998.
    Related publication: Kratka knjiga / David Albahari. -- Beograd : Vreme, c1993.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (7 hr., 45 min.) : col

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