4: Excerpt, Oral History interview with David (Dudi) Bergman, 1990.
This is an excerpt from a longer oral history interview with David (Dudi) Bergman from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives. Bergman was in Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen, and was one of the only people in his cattle car to survive the transport to Dachau. This interview was recorded in 1990, and features Bergman talking about his Bar Mitzvah, which he had on the cattle train.
Suggested Activity: Watch this clip as a class and ask students to consider the following questions: What do you take away from David Bergman’s testimony? How does he memorialize, in this story, the experience of being transported to a concentration camp? What emotions does he seem to express--both in words as well as in body language--while telling the story? Why is this particular memory meaningful, not just to Bergman, but to you as a listener? Do you think you would have the same reaction to the story if you read it in writing, rather than viewing the video?
Source: David (Dudi) Bergman, (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Archives, 1990), https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_oi.php?ModuleId=0&MediaId=1903