Marcel J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2156) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka and Claudine Drame
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1991
- Interview Date
- December 3, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marcel J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2156). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marcel J., who was born in Paris, France in 1924. He recounts fleeing to La Châtre at the outbreak of war; returning to Paris after German invasion; anti-Jewish laws; his father's initial refusal to flee due to his belief in the French government; convincing his father to cross to the unoccupied zone in June 1942; being joined by his mother in Nice; one year under Italian occupation; German occupation; their arrest; transfer to Drancy on September 25, 1943; deportation to Birkenau on October 28; separation from his mother (he never saw her again); transfer with his father to Auschwitz; mine work in Mysłowice (Fürstengrube); separation from his father (he never saw him again); volunteering as a carpenter in another section (Guenthergrube); and the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945. Mr. J. describes evacuation; feigning death during a mass killing; finding four friends still alive; being hidden by a Polish woman in Rybnik; liberation by Soviet troops; recuperating in Kraków; fleeing to Slovakia; traveling to Bucharest with help from the Joint; recuperating in a French hospital; and repatriation from Odesa to Marseille prior to the end of the war. He is the only survivor of a family of eighteen.