Gaston S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-851) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Frances Proctor Cohen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- March 17, 1992.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Gaston S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-851). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Gaston S., who was born in Metz, France in 1933. He recalls his mother's death in 1938, his father's remarriage in 1939; fleeing to Angoulême at the outbreak of war with his sister, father and stepmother; learning of round-ups and deportations in Paris which included family members; living in Montbrun, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Thônes, and Charavines-les-Bains; hiding during raids on local resistants and the Maquis; and his brother's birth while in Thônes. Mr. S. describes fleeing to Aix-le-Bain in March 1944; being left there with his sister; crossing the Swiss border; telling a Swiss guard (as they had been told to do) that their parents were already in Switzerland; transfer to refugee camps; reunion with their father; transfer to a foster family in La Chaux-de-Fonds for a year; two visits from their parents; returning to their parents in Brive in March 1945; and emigration to the United States with his father and sister in 1946 (his brother and stepmother joined them later). Mr. S. discusses his "obsession" with learning the fates of his family and Holocaust studies, resulting in his large book collection, visits to Europe to retrace his story, and writing his memoirs.