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Haim D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1066) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Pessia Adler,

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    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.
    D., Haim, 1928-
    Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
    Interview Date
    June 15, 1984.
    Metz (France)
    Paris (France)
    Deauville (France)
    Cite As
    Haim D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1066). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Choshen, Dina, interviewer.
    Adler, Pessia, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hrs.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Child survivors.

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