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Fred F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2320) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2320

Videotape testimony of Fred F., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1932. He describes his parents' knitting business; the Anschluss; frequent arrests of his father; fleeing with his parents to Cologne in 1938; failed attempts to enter Belgium; traveling with his mother to Antwerp in January 1939, posing as Belgians; his father's arrival later; German invasion; their flight to De Panne, then Ostende; returning to Antwerp; their eight-month detention in Opoeteren; his father's arrest in 1941; returning to Antwerp with his mother; their move to Brussels; his mother arranging his placement in a monastery in Jamoigne under a false name in late 1941; running away to Brussels in early 1942 due to harsh conditions; his father's return; placement in a seminary in Bastogne; being hidden in priests' homes in Dinon, then in Cul des Sarts when it became too dangerous; and liberation by United States troops in September 1944. Mr. F. recounts returning to Brussels; his brother's birth in 1945; their emigration to Israel in 1949, and to the United States in 1954. He reflects upon his lost childhood, which can never be recovered.

Author/Creator
F., Fred, 1923-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1992
Interview Date
November 15, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fred F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2320). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.