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Isaac V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2649) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Colette Zumstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2649

Videotape testimony of Isaac V., who was born in Lyon, France in 1921. He describes his father's Zionist beliefs; antisemitic harassment in school; German invasion; anti-Jewish laws; hiding under false papers after 1943; arrest with his family in May 1944; incarceration with his father in Montluc; transfer with his family to Drancy, via Paris, in June 1944; deportation; separation from his mother and sister upon arriving at a camp (he never saw them again); transfer with his father to Buna/Monowitz; daily beatings, hunger, and public hangings; separation from his father (he never saw him again); surviving hospitalizations with help from fellow prisoners; his friend's assistance during the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; escaping from a mass killing; assistance from a German family and Ukrainian women; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. V. remembers walking to Częstochowa; transfer via Warsaw to Berdychiv; returning to Paris in July 1945; learning in Lyon that his mother and sister had not returned; slowly recuperating; completing school in Paris; and his academic career. He movingly reflects upon the reversal of values, intergroup relations, unreality of life in camps and painful memories of his father. His wife joins him and notes his reluctance to share his experiences with her.

Author/Creator
V., Isaac, 1921-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
March 8, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isaac V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2649). 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/4288487
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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