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Felix W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2659) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka and Berthe Burko,

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Felix W., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1924. He describes antisemitic incidents; the Anschluss; expulsion from school; Kristallnacht; his father's incarceration in Dachau; confiscation of their apartment; his mother's decision that he was to leave while she waited for his father's release; attempting to enter France in December 1938 from Saarbrücken, then crossing from Karlsruhe to Lauterbourg; being returned by French authorities; crossing from Freiburg to Basel; assistance from the Committee for Jewish Refugees; and joining relatives in Paris in July 1939. Mr. W. recounts German invasion; leaving Paris by himself in a mass exodus in June 1940; moving to Préchacq-Josbaig to join relatives after their release from Gurs; fleeing to Pau after his uncle's arrest in December 1940; living with his aunt in Rioupéroux; arrest on August 31, 1942; incarceration in Gurs, then Rivesaltes; escaping in September; obtaining false papers; returning to his aunt; assistance from the mayor; fleeing from Lyon to Chamonix; crossing to Switzerland; arrest by Swiss guards; transfer to refugee camps in Martigny, Büren, and Girenbad; learning photography in Locarno; and photographing refugee camps for the Zentralleitung der Arbeitslager.
    Author/Creator
    W., Felix, 1924-
    Published
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992/1993
    Interview Date
    October 9, 1992 and January 7, 1993.
    Locale
    Rioupéroux (France)
    Préchacq-Josbaig (France)
    Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)
    Lauterbourg (France)
    Austria
    Vienna (Austria)
    Saarbrücken (Germany)
    Karlsruhe (Germany)
    Basel (Switzerland)
    Paris (France)
    Pau (France)
    Lyon (France)
    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (France)
    Locarno (Switzerland)
    Martigny-Ville (Switzerland)
    Büren an der Aare (Switzerland)
    Girenbad (Switzerland)
    Cite As
    Felix W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2659). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Wieviorka, Annette, interviewer.
    Burko, Berthe, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (2 hr., 52 min. and 2 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1109450
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
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