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Marcel J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2156) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka and Claudine Drame

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2156

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.

Author/Creator
J., Marcel, 1924-1999.
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1991
Interview Date
December 3, 1991.
Language
French
Copies
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.