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Roger C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2645) interviewed by Colette Zumstein and Claude Morhange

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2645

Videotape testimony of Roger C., who was born in Paris, France in 1919. He recounts the important influence of scouting; apprenticeship as an electrician; enlisting in the French military; retreating to Tarbes; demobilization; working as an electrician; his family and fiancee joining him; creating false papers for the Resistance in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon; an unsuccessful attempt to illegally enter Spain; joining Sixième, a network rescuing Jewish children in Rodez, Clermont Ferrand, and Aix-les-Bains; arrest in Lyon in May 1943; transfer to Montluc prison; digging graves for executed prisoners; transfer to Drancy, then Auschwitz/Birkenau in June 1943; working as an electrician in Monowitz; fasting on Yom Kippur; a brief hospital stay; contacts with Polish partisans; carrying a friend during the death march to Gleiwitz; train evacuation to Dora; sabotaging electrical work; sadistic public hangings; escaping the death march from Ravensbrück; liberation by Soviet troops; moving to the American zone; a warm reception in Brussels; returning to Paris via Lille; and reunion with his family. Mr. C. reflects on intergroup relations in concentration camps; the importance of friendship and helping each other to survive; lack of interest in his experience when he returned; and the importance of educating young people about these events.

Author/Creator
C., Roger, 1919-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
March 9, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Roger C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2645). 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/4288477
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