Charles P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2661) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
- Interview Date
- June 9, 1993.
- 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.
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.