Reuven F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1079) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Dilah Choro
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
- Interview Date
- September 7, 1984.
- 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.
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.