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Richard S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1974) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Rina Margos,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1974

Videotape testimony of Richard S., who was born in Paris, France in 1925. He recalls moving to Brussels in 1928; participating in socialist groups; repatriation to Béziers, France in 1940; returning to Brussels; registering as a Jew in 1941; support from socialist friends; his sister hiding with a Belgian family; destroying orders for the family to report to Malines; returning to Béziers in 1942; his parents' deportation from Brussels shortly thereafter; working as a resistance courier; a brief association with the Maquis; arrest and brutal interrogations in 1944; and transfer to Compiègne, Paris, Drancy, and Auschwitz. Mr. S. recounts assignment to Monowitz; learning of his parents' deaths; contact with Allied prisoners of war; resistance activities; sharing food with his small group; watching religious Jews pray; the death march to Gleiwitz; transfer to Buchenwald; surgery for a leg infection; the underground liberating the camp in April 1945 shortly before United States troops arrived; hospitalization in Kaiserlautern, Metz, and Brussels for over a year; and reunion with his sister. Mr. S. discusses his state of mind and relations between ethnic groups in the camps; dealing with traumatic memories; his sense that survivors are "different;" and discussing his experiences with his children.

S., Richard, 1925-
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
April 2, 1992.
Paris (France)
Brussels (Belgium)
Béziers (France)
Kaiserlautern (Germany)
Metz (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS.
Cite As
Richard S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1974). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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