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Roger P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2101) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2101

Videotape of Roger P., who was born in 1922. He recalls implementation of anti-Jewish measures in France; incarceration in Pithiviers; hiding in Brunoy after his release; obtaining false papers; fleeing to Nice, then Grenoble; working in Vif; his arrest in Uriage in 1942; escaping; hiding with his father; unsuccessful attempts to emigrate; returning to Grenoble; living under false papers in Nice; arrest and interrogation by the Gestapo in 1943; refusing to identify Jews in hiding; transfer to Drancy; deportation to Auschwitz in October; assignment to the night shift in the Janina mines; beatings, appells, and selections; the death march to Gleiwitz; escaping from a mass shooting in Rybnik by feigning death; hiding with assistance from local non-Jews; and returning to Gleiwitz after its liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. P. relates walking to Częstochowa; traveling through Hungary to Romania; working as an interpreter for Americans in Odesa; and reunion with his father in Paris. He discusses at length his own state of mind and group relations in the camps; human behavior under different circumstances; his desire for security; and reluctance to talk about his experiences.

Author/Creator
P., Roger, 1922-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
May 14, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Roger P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2101). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.