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Jacques A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2153) interviewed by Colette Zumstein and Annette Wieviorka,

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    Videotape testimony of Jacques A., who was born in Germany in 1923. He recounts his mother's family's long history in Germany; their flight from Wuppertal to Nancy in 1933 due to antisemitism; moving to Romainville in 1936; arrest in 1941 for beating a Nazi sympathizer; escaping to Nantes; obtaining false papers; learning of his family's arrest in October 1942; his arrest in Nantes in 1943 as a Resistant; Gestapo interrogations; transfer to Drancy; deportation to Auschwitz; slave labor in "Lagischa Gruben" (Lagisza Cmentarna); transfer to Birkenau in July 1944; contracting typhus; friends placing him in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager) so he could recover; assignment to Canada Kommando; his sense of impotence upon seeing his grandparents arrive from Theresienstadt (they did not see him); transfer to Sachsenhausen; slave labor in Ohrdruf; a death march to Crawinkel, back to Ohrdruf, then Buchenwald in March 1945; hiding with a friend to avoid evacuation; promising to raise his friend's child if he did not survive; accidental shooting of his friend during liberation by United States troops; traveling to Paris with French soldiers; hospitalization; rehabilitation in centers in France and Switzerland; and adopting his friend's son. Mr. A. discusses thoughts of revenge and never having told anyone he saw his grandparents in Birkenau.
    A., Jacques, 1923-
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1991
    Interview Date
    December 12, 1991.
    Wuppertal (Germany)
    Nancy (France)
    Romainville (France)
    Nantes (France)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Jacques A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2153). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zumstein, Colette, interviewer.
    Wieviorka, Annette, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 59 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Death marches.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.

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