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Clemens L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1315) interviewed by Dori Laub and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1315

Videotape testimony of Clemens L., who was born in Stanisławów, Poland, in 1937. In this impressionistic and reflective testimony, he remembers the loss of his grandmother in 1942; being left by his mother at a Catholic convent at Otwock; feeling accepted and safe there; leading prayers; postwar reunion with his mother; believing himself a "chameleon" after becoming a religious Jew while in a displaced persons camp; longing to recall the toys he had as a child; and imagining his deceased father appearing as a guest lecturer in his American high school. He discusses his belief that he has spent his adult life trying to emerge from hiding; confusion over his personal and religious identity; becoming a psychologist-psychoanalyst in order to help himself and others; and the role that his own children have filled in his attempts to cope. At the end of the interview, he is joined by his mother Carol W., who offers additional insights.

Author/Creator
L., Clemens, 1937-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
March 24, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Clemens L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1315). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/982284
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:48:00
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