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Aaron Hass interview, 1990 November
Hass, Aaron
Martinson, Connie
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The Drucker Institute
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Claremont Colleges Library
Connie Martinson Talks Books
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Aaron Hass discusses his book, “The Aftermath.” He begins by explaining that for many people the Holocaust didn’t end in 1945 and their memories will haunt them for the rest of their lives. He talks about his own parents who were Holocaust survivors and wanted to tell their story. Hass describes the emotional cycle a survivor would feel after leaving a concentration camp: euphoria at finally being free, devastation at losing friends and family members, and a long-term guilt because of surviving. He discusses two things that survivors never talk about. Hass describes the ‘dehumanizing the other’ theory that helps explain why German soldiers could do such things to Jews. He ends the interview by talking about teaching a Holocaust class in Germany, and the reaction he got. The interview was recorded in 1990 but may have been broadcast in 1995.
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Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Influence
Holocaust survivors - United States - Interviews
Holocaust survivors - United States - Mental health
U-matic tape: Date and time on case spine: MON, 8:30. Aug 7. Dates and time on case front cover: MON, 8:30, Aug 7; 3/1/95. Date on tape: 3/1/95.

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