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Paul H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1978) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Jean-Michel Chaumont,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1978

Videotape testimony of Paul H., whose family moved to Belgium when he was one. He recalls their socialist leanings; enlisting in the Belgian army; posting to France; traveling to Rouen to escape capture; reunion with his parents in Vichy and brother in Toulouse; their return to Brussels; joining the Resistance in 1941; warning Jews not to go for foreign labor (deportation); actions against Germans; hiding Jewish children; orders to report to Malines with his family; hiding; his parents' attempt to reach Switzerland; his brother's escape to England; arrest; imprisonment in St. Gilles; help from other inmates; transfer to Malines; and deportation to Auschwitz in 1943. Mr. H. describes transfer to Mysłowice (Fürstengrube)); volunteering for mine work; aid from Polish workers; the guards' disappearance; Germans returning; escaping to a French POW camp; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Kraków then Lublin; repatriation to Marseille via Odesa; living with his uncle in Paris; returning to Brussels; learning his parents had been killed in Auschwitz; and reunion with his brother. He discusses prisoner group relations in camps; the importance to his survival of cooperation, friendships, and his spirit; lifelong decisions based on his camp experiences; and efforts to promote Holocaust education.

Author/Creator
H., Paul, 1920-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
June 2, 1992.
Locale
Belgium
Paris (France)
Switzerland
Geneva (Switzerland)
Brussels (Belgium)
Lublin (Poland)
Rouen (France)
Toulouse (France)
Vichy (France)
Kraków (Poland)
Odesa (Ukraine)
Marseille (France)
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS.
Cite As
Paul H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1978). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.