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Henri B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2154) interviewed by Claudine Drame and Geneviève Decrop

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2154

Videotape testimony of Henri B., who was born in Paris, France in 1927, one of nine children. He recalls their evacuation to Maine-et-Loire in August 1939; their conversion to Catholicism; his strong Catholic faith; arrest with his mother and older siblings on July 15, 1942; internment in Angers; his mother's release and father's arrival; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau with his father and brother; assignment to the masonry school; slave labor doing construction; learning his father and brother had been killed; remaining with French friends; hiding injuries during selections; transport to Oranienburg, Sachsenhausen, then Ohrdruf; once bringing corpses to Buchenwald; sharing extra food with his friends; escaping with assistance from a Hungarian guard, French POW, and German butcher; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; transfer to Eisenbach; repatriation with POWs; reunion with his family in Paris; their reluctance to ask him about his experiences; recovering from tuberculosis; attending medical school; a daughter's birth; marriage; and his other daughters' births. Mr. B. discusses camp life including intergroup relations and friends who aided his survival; losing his belief in Catholicism and identifying himself as a Jew after returning; sharing his experiences with his daughters; reluctance to share memories of suffering with non-survivors; and showing Ohrdruf to Generals Patton and Bradley.

Author/Creator
B., Henri, 1927-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
February 4, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henri B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2154). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286398
Record last modified: 2014-02-20 10:09:00
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