Henri B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2154) interviewed by Claudine Drame and Geneviève Decrop
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
- Interview Date
- February 4, 1992.
- 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.
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.