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Charles B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2100) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Colette Zumstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2100

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Charles B., who was born in Paris, France in 1926. He recalls his parents' economic struggles; visiting grandparents in La Celle-les-Bordes; his parents sending him on the 1940 exodus; returning after encountering Germans at Briare; antisemitic restrictions; hiding with his grandparents during the July 1942 round-up; his parents' deportation (he never saw them again); living with his uncle; their arrest by French police in September; incarceration in Drancy; deportation to Cosel; slave labor; a German helping with their work; sabotage; transfer to a disciplinary camp; transfers to Klein Mangersdorf and Konstanz; returning to Cosel; transfer to a munitions factory in Lower Silesia, then to Auschwitz/Birkenau as punishment for sabotage; a rape attempt against him; escaping selection for death with a doctor's help; transfer to Kaufering and Dachau; friendship with a prisoner-physician; train evacuation; escape with his friend; being hidden by Germans; liberation by United States troops; recuperating in Landsberg and Konstantz; and repatriation via Strasbourg. Mr. B. insightfully reflects upon the indifference of bystanders during arrests of Jews; his overwhelming fear and intergroup relations in the camps; French indifference to survivors; continuing phobias resulting from his experiences; the importance of friends to survival; and continuing friendships from the camps.
    Author/Creator
    B., Charles, 1926-
    Published
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
    Interview Date
    June 4, 1992.
    Locale
    Paris (France)
    France
    La Celle-les-Bordes (France)
    Konstanz (Germany)
    Briare (France)
    Strasbourg (France)
    Cite As
    Charles B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2100). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zarka, Josette, interviewer.
    Zumstein, Colette, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 55 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286381
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:54:00
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