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John W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2264) interviewed by Samuel Kenner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2264

Videotape testimony of John W., a Dutch Seventh-Day Adventist, who was born in approximately 1910. He recalls being taught great respect for Jews by his father, a minister; living in Paris in 1940; German invasion; moving to Lyon; joining Amities chrétiennes, an underground organization to save Jews; organizing a network to assist Jews to escape to Switzerland; his arrest in 1942; torture and interrogation in front of Klaus Barbie; release for lack of proof; involving his friends and family in the network; his father's arrest in Holland for speaking against the Nazis; smuggling American pilots to Spain; arrest of a network member who exposed many of them (his own sister was arrested and died in a camp in Poland); being informed in Geneva that he should travel to England; arrest in Toulouse; being sentenced to death; escape; and being smuggled to England. Mr. W. discusses the importance of his religious beliefs to his work saving Jews and recognition by Yad Vashem.

Author/Creator
W., John, 1910?-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1991
Interview Date
April 12, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
John W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2264). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.