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Charles P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2661) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2661

Videotape testimony of Charles P., who was born in Olkusz, Poland in 1923. He relates his family's emigration to Palestine, then France in 1926; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; a printer's apprenticeship; German invasion; a futile attempt to join the Resistance in Poitiers; printing Resistance papers in his father's Paris print shop; fleeing to Lyon in 1943; acquiring false papers in Montluel; arrest by the Gestapo; declaring himself a Jew to avoid more torture in Montluc; transfer to Drancy; deportation to Birkenau; slave labor in coal mines in Jawischowitz; relations between prisoners from different countries and with different political affiliations; and transfer to a print shop in Auschwitz. Mr. P. describes the death march in January 1945; two days in open train cars to Mauthausen; working in the print shop; transfer to Melk, then Ebensee in April; liberation by United States troops; prisoners killing kapos; repatriation to Metz via Nuremberg; recuperating for several years; reclaiming his father's print shop in 1949; and marriage in 1954. He notes his reluctance to discuss his experiences and shows photographs and medals.

Author/Creator
P., Charles, 1923-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
June 9, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Charles P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2661). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.