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Aleida A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4424) interviewed by Geoffrey H. Hartman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4424

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    Videotape testimony of Aleida A., a professor at the University of Konstanz, who was born in Germany, one of five children. She recounts her parents were both pastors; frequent family conversations about World War II and the Holocaust despite a “conspiracy of silence” in Germany during the 1950s; her parents' anti-Nazi perspective and activities, including hiding Jewish friends; her mother counseling Jewish teenagers in the 1930s who were converting, were able to emigrate and with whom her mother maintained lifelong contacts; attending a school with a strong anti-Nazi legacy; relations between the perpetrator generation and their children, including “father literature”; completing her doctorate at Heidelberg and Tübingen universities; joining a group in the 1980s lobbying for a monument to the murdered Jews in Berlin; the shift in Germany to more open discussions of the Holocaust; her own and other scholars' work on memory, literature, education, and politics in this area; and changes in these fields over time.
    A., Aleidia.
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2003
    Interview Date
    April 11, 2003.
    Cite As
    Aleida A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4424). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hartman, Geoffrey H., interviewer.
    Related publication: Cultural memory and Western civilization : functions, media, archives / Aleida Assmann. -- New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011.
    Related publication: Shadows of trauma : memory and the politics of postwar identity / Aleida Assmann ; translated by Sarah Clift. -- New York : Fordham University Press, c2016.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: DV Cam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 33 min.) : col

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