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Jacques L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2530) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2530

Videotape testimony of Jacques L., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1931, the older of two sons. He recounts attending public schools in Anderlect; fighting back against occasional antisemitic harassment; German invasion in 1940; anti-Jewish measures, including expulsion from school in 1942; his parents receiving assistance from a Nazi sympathizer to find hiding places for him and his brother, first in Antwerp, then in Charleroi; their illness due to malnutrition; his mother seeking assistance from a Catholic priest; with his help, he and his brother living as Catholics in separate households in Tourinnes-Saint-Lambert; his mother receiving false papers from the Resistance; her monthly visits; liberation by United States troops; being reclaimed by his parents; his brother's reluctance to return to their biological parents; finishing school; military service; his family's emigration to the United States in 1952; joining them in 1953; marriage in 1954; and the births of three children. Mr. L. discusses his father's survival in hiding; the killing of most of his large extended family in the Holocaust; and he and his wife sharing their experiences with their children.

Author/Creator
L., Jacques, 1931-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 15, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacques L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2530). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287801
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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