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Reuven F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1079) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Dilah Choro

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1079

Videotape testimony of Reuven F., who was born in Lille, France in 1925. He recounts his father's military service in World War I; difficulties communicating with his parents (they spoke only Yiddish and he mostly French); his father's draft into the military in 1930; their false sense of security due to their confidence in France and strong French identity; German invasion; anti-Jewish laws; humiliation at wearing the yellow star; the mayor's wife (who was Jewish) gluing pages of the lists of Jews together to prevent deportations; arrest and imprisonment in Cherbourg in November 1943; cruelty of the Todt Organisation administrators; transfer to Alderney concentration camp; most Jewish prisoners identifying themselves as French rather than Jewish; corresponding with his parents, who remained in Lille; a forced march and train transfer in late summer and fall 1944; an underground raid on the train in Belgium in September; their release and shelter by local villages; returning to Lille; reunion with his parents; their inability to comprehend his traumatic experiences; joining Gordonyah; illegal emigration to Palestine from Marseille in 1946; British incarceration at ʻAtlit; joining a kibbutz; and his parents' subsequent emigration.

Author/Creator
F., Reuven, 1925-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
Interview Date
September 7, 1984.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Reuven F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1079). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.