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Albert B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2104) interviewed by Josette Zarka

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2104

Videotape testimony of Albert B., who was born in Paris, France, in 1932. He recounts living in a Jewish neighborhood; cordial relations with non-Jews; the outbreak of war; his father's enlistment and internment as a prisoner of war; anti-Jewish measures; release with his mother and brother from a round-up in 1942 due to his father's military status; their arrest with other veterans' families in February 1944 (presumably as hostages for German POWs); deportation to Drancy for three months, then to Bergen-Belsen; transfer to a men's barrack (he could visit his mother); forced labor in a children's brigade; his mother's debilitated state (she was used for medical experiments); liberation from a train; recovering from typhus; their return to Paris; reunion with his father; and the kindness of his teachers when he returned to school. Mr. B. discusses at length his state of mind and intergroup relations in the camps; his inability to convey these experiences in words; postwar effects, including fear of the night, early maturation, and indifference; reluctance to discuss his experiences until his daughter's birth; his Jewish identity; and France's unwillingness to confront its role in the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
B., Albert, 1932-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
May 15, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Albert H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2104). 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/1100279
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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