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Nathan P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2848) interviewed by Henri Borlant and Claudine Drame

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2848

Videotape testimony of Nathan P., who was born in Toruń, Poland in 1922. He describes attending a secular school; not understanding he was Jewish despite his parents' Sabbath observance; living with his grandparents in a small village for eight months; attending Jewish school there; he and his mother and siblings, joining his father in Paris in 1930; his bar mitzvah; attending agricultural school in Contamine-sur-Arve; graduation in 1939; working in Bourges; German invasion; brief detention at Drancy; visiting his brother who was incarcerated in Beaune-la-Rolande; obtaining his release; round-up of his parents and siblings to the Vélodrome d'hiver; his arrest in July 1942; incarceration in Drancy; arrival of unaccompanied children including his younger siblings; learning from his younger brother his parents had been deported; deportation of his siblings; his deportation to Ottmuth in September; transfer to Ratibor; slave labor as a mason; transfer to Peiskretscham, Borsig-Werke, then Blechhammer; Allied bombings; public hangings; trading with English prisoners of wars and German civilian workers; hospitalization for a broken arm; a fellow prisoner assisting him feign illness so he could remain in the hospital; a death march in January 1945 to Gross-Rosen; train transport to Buchenwald; escape; hiding; and liberation. Mr. P. discusses his attitude, camp life, and fellow-prisoners, including Robert Clary, and documenting his experiences in a book. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
P., Nathan, 1922-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
Interview Date
March 8, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nathan P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2848). 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/4288949
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