Haim D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1066) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Pessia Adler
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
- Interview Date
- June 15, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Haim D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1066). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Haim D., who was born in 1928 and grew up in Metz, France. He recalls Jewish refugees from Germany; antisemitic incidents; his father's conscription into the French military; his oldest brother's disappearance; their transfer with other military families to another town; attending a Catholic school; his father's release after eight months; German invasion; orders in November 1940 for all Jews to register; leaving for Paris with his family; compulsory wearing of the yellow star and other anti-Jewish restrictions in 1941; his bar mitzvah at year's end; frequent arrests and round-ups; attending accounting school; a non-Jewish teacher protecting him; working to supplement the family's sparse rations; one sister going to Switzerland and one brother joining the Resistance; in 1943 his parents directing him and another brother to escape to the unoccupied zone; traveling with a non-Jewish housekeeper to his uncle's home in Deauville; living with a farmer who employed him; local resistants shooting Germans in 1944; returning to Paris with his brother after it was liberated; and reunion with his parents and sister. Mr. D. discusses his loneliness while in hiding; learning of the concentration camps; and French apathy to the fate of the Jews.