By Alan Rosen
Likely the earliest audio recorded testimony of Holocaust survivors, the interviews are helpful at the present time for the spoken observe (that of the DP narrators and of Boder himself) and in addition for the music periods and spiritual providers that Boder recorded. 80 classes have been finally transcribed into English, such a lot of that have been incorporated in a self-published manuscript. Alan Rosen units Boder's undertaking within the context of the postwar reaction to displaced folks, sketches the dramatic history of his earlier existence and paintings, chronicles intimately the evolving technique of interviewing either Jewish and non-Jewish DPs, and examines from a number of angles the consequences for the background of Holocaust testimony.
Such early postwar testimony, Rosen avers, merits to be taken by itself phrases instead of to be enfolded into previous or later schemas of testimony. additionally, Boder's efforts and the aid he used to be given for them show that American postwar reaction to the Holocaust used to be no longer universally detached yet fairly frequently engaged, involved, and resourceful.