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Philip V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2851) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka and Henri Borlant,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2851

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    Videotape testimony of Philip V., who was born in France in 1929. He describes his assimilated family life and strong French identity; attending schools in Vaucresson and Neuilly; his father's death; German invasion in May 1940, fleeing with his family to Les Sables-d'Olonne; their return to Paris months later; fleeing to the unoccupied zone in 1941; living in Bagnères-de-Luchon; his Jewish education and identity formation by Mila Racine; hearing of rounds-up of Jews; fleeing to Italian-occupied Nice, then to Aix-les-Bains two months later in early 1943; denouncement in December 1943; his family negotiating who would be deported (they still had gold); their decision that he would be deported to Drancy, instead of his grandfather, with his mother, two uncles, and one aunt (another aunt and cousins remained); their deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau three weeks later; transfer with his uncles to Monowitz; a kapo taking his good shoes (his uncle was beaten trying to help him); slave labor; hospitalization; his uncles bringing him extra food; a privileged position when he recovered due to his uncles' intervention; evacuation in January 1945; a brief stay in Gleiwitz; transport in open freight cars to Buchenwald; Czechs throwing them food from overpasses; brief transfer to another camp, then back to Buchenwald; and liberation by United States troops.

    Mr. V. recounts transfer to Erfurt; returning to Paris; assistance from the Red Cross; reunion with his mother and other relatives (one uncle did not return); brief French military service (he was released as a survivor); emigration to the United States; draft into the U.S. military; serving in Germany, then France; attending university on the G.I. bill; and returning to France. He discusses relations between prisoner groups in camps (national and political); his feelings about being chosen for deportation instead of his grandfather; recurring nightmares; and sharing his story with his children and other young people.
    V., Philip, 1929-
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 10, 1994.
    Paris (France)
    Vaucresson (France)
    Neuilly-sur-Marne (France)
    Les Sables-d'Olonne (France)
    Bagnères-de-Luchon (France)
    Nice (France)
    Aix-les-Bains (France)
    Erfurt (Germany)
    United States
    Cite As
    Philip V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2851). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Borlant, Henri, interviewer.
    Wieviorka, Annette, 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 (1hr. and 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Italian occupation.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Survivor-child relations.
    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. Forced labor. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Nightmares. France. Paris (France) Vaucresson (France) Neuilly-sur-Marne (France) Les Sables-d'Olonne (France) Bagnères-de-Luchon (France) Nice (France) Aix-les-Bains (France) Erfurt (Germany) United States. United States--Armed Forces--Europe. Oral histories (document genres) V., Philip,--1929- Racine, Mila,--1919?-1945. Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Drancy (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Monowitz (Concentration camp) International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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