Julien E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2742) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- January 4, 1995.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Julien E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2742). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Julien E., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1933. He describes fleeing with his family via Brussels to Nice after German occupation; round-ups in 1942; their attempt to flee to Switzerland and arrest in Annecy; deportation to Rivesaltes; separation from his parents when he and his brother were taken to a Catholic facility near Toulouse in 1942; living with his mother's cousins in Italian-occupied Nice; the cousins' arrest after Italian capitulation in 1943; briefly hiding with neighbors; living in a children's home in Cannes from 1943 to 1946; and the loving atmosphere there created by Mr. and Mrs. Fort. Mr. E. relates gradually giving up hope that his parents survived; living in an OSE home in Paris; emigration by ship to the United States in 1946; Marc Chagall attending his bar mitzvah in route; difficulties adjusting; and learning in the 1950s that his parents perished in Auschwitz. He details visiting Yad Vashem in 1991 to see the tree honoring the Forts and learning he was one of over five hundred Jewish children hidden in France through an underground network organized by Moussa and Odette Abadi whom he subsequently met.