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Eugene H. and Louis H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2102) interviewed by Claudine Drame and Liliane Lacombe

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2102

Videotape testimony of Eugene and Louis H., who moved to Courbevoie, France in 1930. They recall growing up in Paris; fleeing south after the German invasion in 1940; living with friends for two months; returning to Paris; joining FTP-MOI in 1941; using false papers to move with his parents to another apartment; blowing up German facilities; arrest with their parents on December 28, 1942; separation from their mother at the police station; Eugene H.'s separation from his father and brother when they were transferred to Cherche-Midi; interrogations and beatings; the three of them being transferred to Compiègne, then in May 1943 to Drancy; building an escape tunnel with other from the underground; being discovered; in November 1943; jumping from a deportation train in November 1943 in Bar-le-Duc with their father; locating each other, but not their father; traveling by train to Paris; learning their father had been assisted by locals and was safely hidden; rejoining the Resistance; and participating in the liberation of Paris. Eugene and Louis H. discuss the importance to their survival of their father's strength and optimism and their sense that theirs was political resistance which was not related to their being Jewish.

Author/Creator
H., Eugene, 1923-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
June 5, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eugene H. and Louis H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2102). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.