Jacques L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2530) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 15, 1992.
- 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.
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.