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Philip C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1979) interviewed by Claire Paulus and Rina Margos

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1979

Videotape testimony of Philip C., a non-Jew, who was born in Malines, Belgium in 1923. He recalls joining the Resistance in school at age eighteen; receiving weapons instruction; arrest in June 1942; imprisonment in Antwerp, Saint-Gilles, and Essen as a "Nacht und Nebel" political prisoner; transfer to Bochum; forced labor; transfer to Esterwegen a year later; help from Belgian physicians in the infirmary; a brief transfer to Sachsenhausen; a public hanging; choosing not to escape in Berlin, during transfer to Natzweiler-Struthof in 1944, because he had no documents; assistance from friends when he was too weak to work; evacuation to Dachau in June 1944; hospitalization; a Paris physician protecting him; the stress of assignments handling corpses; liberation by United States troops; Allied soldiers and prisoners shooting Germans for revenge; returning to Belgium; reunion with his family; and marriage to a Belgian camp survivor. Mr. C. discusses the importance of luck to his survival; forgiving the man who betrayed him under torture; solidarity among Belgian political prisoners; claustrophobia and nightmares resulting from his experiences; and years of attempting to suppress wartime memories. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
C., Philip, 1923-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
July 1, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Philip C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1979). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.