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Roland H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2677) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Berthe Burko-Falcman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2677

Videotape testimony of Roland H., who was born in Paris, France in 1922. He describes his family's Alsatian roots; their strong French patriotism; studying in Marseille, Nantes, Bordeaux, Agen, and Lyon; joining the Resistance; hiding in Evian to avoid forced labor; joining a network which manufactured false papers; arrest in a Resistance office in Paris in March 1944; interrogations and torture in Fresnes prison; transfer to Drancy; return to Fresnes; and deportation to Auschwitz-Monowitz via Drancy. Mr. H. recalls minor surgery during a hospitalization; work in the chemical kommando; relations between prisoner groups including British prisoners of war; public hangings; the death march to Buchenwald; encountering Marcel Paul, who helped many prisoners, and Marcel Dassault; self-liberation; arrival of United States and Canadian troops; assistance from the French Red Cross; returning to France; and reunion with his mother and sister. He provides vivid details of many incidents in the Resistance, prison, and the camps.

Author/Creator
H., Roland, 1922-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
March 13, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Roland H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2677). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.