British civilian author and daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors
REEL 1: Background of parents: story of father Josef Karpf in Ulanov and Galicia; experiences in Russian labour camps; effect of war on health; story of mother Natalia Weissman in Krakow, Poland; family; career as pianist; first marriage and death of husband at start of war, 9/1939; description of experiences during Holocaust in Tarnow, Warsaw and in hiding in Poland; inmate of Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Lockterwerden concentration camps; story of playing piano for commandant Amon Goeth at Plaszow camp; post-war marriage to Josef Karpf and emigration to GB, 1947; employment at Polish Embassy in London; opinion of help offered to refugees by Jewish community in London; question of immigration of Jewish refugees to GB; story of father being granted political asylum in GB, 1950; parents attitude to life in GB.
REEL 2 Continues: Anne Karpf: attitude to Holocaust in post-war Britain; childhood; effect of Holocaust experiences of parents on emotional development; education; relations with elder sister; role in preserving family memories; further comments on Holocaust experiences of parents; character of parents; emotional relationship with parents; use of Holocaust by father as reference point for suffering; emotional problems and therapy; reaction to leaving parents when going to Oxford University; fear of parents dying; problem of discussing Holocaust with friends; question of 'false self'.
REEL 3 Continues: personal relationships; story of meeting non-Jewish partner and reaction of mother; recurrence of childhood eczema; story of therapy identifying Holocaust as cause of distress; beneficial effects of therapy; relationship with parents; renewed interest in Holocaust and writing book 'The War After'; links with children of Holocaust survivors in Israel; role in setting up support group for children of Holocaust survivors in GB; aims of support group; reason for interviewing parents about Holocaust experiences; story of visit to Poland, 1995.
REEL 4 Continues: story of search for family graves and addresses in Krakow, Poland; attitude to history and cultural life of Krakow; interest in Yiddish music; question of Jewish identity; relationship with own children and question of discussing Holocaust.
REEL 5 Continues: problem of pathologising Holocaust; beneficial results of parents Holocaust experiences; question of stereotyping Holocaust victims; reaction to death of father; increasing awareness of Holocaust and survivors; opinion of Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition; importance of survivors' personal testimonies.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.