Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

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.

F., Fred, 1923-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1992
Interview Date
November 15, 1992.
Vienna (Austria)
Cologne (Germany)
Antwerp (Belgium)
Nieuwpoort (West Flanders, Belgium)
De Panne (Belgium)
Ostend (Belgium)
Opoeteren (Belgium)
Brussels (Belgium)
Jamoigne (Belgium)
Bastogne (Belgium)
Dinant (Belgium)
Cul-des-Sarts (Belgium)
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.