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Arne L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1123) interviewed by Janet Miller and Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1123

Videotape testimony of Arne Brun L., a non-Jew, who was born in Oslo, Norway in 1925. He describes his family; the political climate in the 1930s; German invasion in 1940; joining the resistance at age eighteen; his arrest; interrogations and beatings in Akershus castle; learning his file was lost, which saved him from execution; and being allowed to speak with his sister, which gave him courage. Mr. L. recounts transfer to Grini, then to Natzweiler-Struthof in 1944 where Josef Kramer was Kommandant; learning they were "Nacht und Nebel" prisoners - meant to disappear forever; arduous labor in a quarry (one-third died); transfers to Dachau, Ottobrun and Deutmergen; witnessing beatings and hangings; extreme hunger; return to Dachau in late 1944; a British friend who arranged his hospitalization and kept him off the list for medical experiments; and transfer in March 1945 to Neuengamme which was visited by the Swedish Red Cross. He details resistance activities in several camps; considers his survival was due to luck and optimism; and notes he did not discuss his experiences for forty years, although he dreamed about them.

Author/Creator
L., Arne, 1925-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1987
Interview Date
November 16, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Arne L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1123). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1065439
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