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Charles R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2081) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Gabriel Gorenstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2081

Videotape testimony of Charles R., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1927. He recalls his parents' divorce; the Anschluss; expulsion from school; observing violence on Kristallnacht; he and his mother smuggling themselves to France, Switzerland, and Luxembourg, but being apprehended and returned; illegally traveling to Strasbourg; arrest; his mother's brief imprisonment; moving to Paris; German invasion; living in a children's home in central France; transfer to Limoges; hiding during police searches; receiving correspondence requesting him to join his mother; going to Rivesaltes; learning the request was from his father; his father's deportation (he never saw him again); escaping with help from a former teacher; staying in Perpignan; warning parents not to bring their children to camps; obtaining false papers; staying in a youth home near Montpellier as a non-Jew; joining his mother in Saint-Martin-Vésubie; smuggling themselves to Italy; hiding in mountains in Sant'Anna di Valdieri; traveling to Rome; hiding in a pension; liberation; working for the British Army and the Joint; living in a refugee camp; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. R. discusses reluctance to share his experiences with his daughter until recently and serving in the Korean War. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
R., Charles, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 19, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Charles R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2081). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286341
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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