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André B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2842) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka and Huguette Puttermilec,

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    Videotape testimony of Andre B., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1925. He recounts his family's move to Antwerp in 1929; joining a Jewish socialist youth group; attending public school; fleeing with his family toward France during the German invasion; encountering German forces; returning home; Resistance activities; his father's orders to report for forced labor (he never saw him again); deportation with his mother and sister to Malines; three days later their deportation by passenger train; orders to leave the train at Cosel (he never saw his mother or sister again); transfer to Klein Mangersdorf, Babitz, then Trzebinia; slave labor on railroads from which scars remain; relocation to the Chrzanów ghetto for one day for camp disinfection; assistance from the ghetto residents; severe depression; transfer to Annaberg, then Blechammer; public executions; two German guards allowing them to rest; receiving socks from British POWs which saved his life; a death march to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; train transport to Buchenwald; assistance from a French prisoner; liberation by United States troops; placement in Weimar by the Red Cross; repatriation to Brussels in May; reunion with a cousin; marriage; living in Poland for five years; and emigration to Paris in 1958. Mr. B. discusses relations between prisoner groups in the camps; the importance of being with friends to his survival; his lost childhood; and sharing his experiences with those who ask, including his children.
    B., André, 1925-
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 16, 1994.
    Częstochowa (Poland)
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Weimar (Thuringia, Germany)
    Cite As
    André B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2842). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Wieviorka, Annette, interviewer.
    Puttermilec, Huguette, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 32 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Postwar effects.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Belgium. Mothers and sons. Brothers and sisters. Forced labor. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Chrzanów. Death marches. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Prisoners of war--Poland. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Częstochowa (Poland) Antwerp (Belgium) Brussels (Belgium) Weimar (Thuringia, Germany) Poland. Oral histories (document genres) B., André,--1925- Blechhammer E/3 (Concentration camp) Gross-Rosen (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Malines (Concentration camp) Trzebinia (Concentration camp) Annaberg (Concentration camp) Babitz (Concentration camp) Klein Mangersdorf (Concentration camp) International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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