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Charles S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-706) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel and Gitta Fajerstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-706

Videotape testimony of Charles S., who was born in Paris, France in 1929. He describes his parents' moving from central Europe to Paris, in transit to the United States, and remaining due to currency devaluation; during childhood, his general unawareness of being Jewish; his family's flight to Poitiers (German invasion); returning to Paris; his father's internment in Beaune-la-Rolande; several visits to him until he was deported; escaping the large round-up in 1942; he and his mother smuggling themselves to join his uncle in Saint-Fortunat (the uncle was arrested and deported); being hidden by Protestant villagers during German round-ups; having his bar mitzvah in the woods; joining the Resistance; and liberation by United States troops. Mr S. recounts returning to Paris; befriending a double-amputee survivor of Buchenwald; learning his father had perished; meeting a cousin who was in the United States military; and emigration to the United States in 1947.

S., Charles, 1929-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
March 2, 1986.
Paris (France)
Poitiers (France)
Saint-Fortunat-sur-Eyrieux (France)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Charles S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-706). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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