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Serge B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2097) interviewed by Claudine Drame and Liliane Lacombe,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2097

Videotape testimony of Serge B., who was born in France in 1921. He recalls his parents were Russian immigrants; their assimilated, secular life in Paris; not feeling Jewish until German invasion; his father's escape from the July 1942 round-up with help from a police friend; being sent with his siblings to live with their uncle in Cannes; joining the Resistance; becoming head of his group; arrest in 1943; violent interrogations; the Gestapo discovering he was Jewish; transfer to a prison in Nice, then Drancy; digging an escape tunnel with fourteen prisoners; discovery of the tunnel; confinement with the fourteen; deportation east; escape from the train with nineteen others; walking alone to Bar-le-Duc; help from a pastor; traveling to Paris; going to the address of a friend's fiancé; hiding; Resistance activities; obtaining false papers; and reunion with his wife (she was protected by her Turkish citizenship). Mr. B. attributes the escape and tunnel building to their determination and hope.

B., Serge, 1921-
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
June 5, 1992.
Paris (France)
Nice (France)
Bar-le-Duc (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Serge B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2097). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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