Tagged: holocaust testimony

Leon Bass, liberator

Leon Bass. I knew Leon a little bit (he lived in the Philly area) & he once came to speak to the students in my course on the holocaust & survivor testimony. He was a liberator of Buchenwald and the experience was both traumatic and charted a course through a...

I was asked to write about Auschwitz in 200 words

I was asked to write 200 words about Auschwitz for some sort of commemoration marking 75 years after liberation. I wrote what is below—actually 267 words. Survivor testimony presents its great challenges, but it is a subjectivity so intensely collective that it makes for a new kind of objectivity. One...

Terrence Des Pres testimony

Terrence Des Pres, of course, was not a survivor of the holocaust. Nonetheless, the Fortunoff Archive of Video Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University sought him out to record his testimony. Here it is: LINK TO VIDEO.