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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2100

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 Kleinmangersdorf 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.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Charles B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2100). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.