Eugene H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2977) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Jean-Michel Chaumont
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
- Interview Date
- November 4, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Eugene H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2977). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Eugene H., who was born in Libau, Russia (now Latvia) in 1908. He describes moving to Belgium as an infant; growing up in Ghent; fleeing to England during World War I; his parents' deaths in the 1920s; marriage in 1935; living in Paris for two years; returning to Belgium; the outbreak of war; unsuccessful efforts to enlist in the Belgian military; joining the French Foreign Legion; returning to Belgium after the armistice; his wife's Resistance activities; supplying food to people in hiding or on illegal papers with her; his arrest; a few days imprisonment in St. Gilles; transfer to Breendonk; forced labor and beatings; six weeks in a military hospital in Antwerp; assistance from a German doctor; and transfer to Auschwitz via Plauen. He recalls work in a factory; close relationships with a French woman and the rabbi of Strasbourg (he led others in prayer); the death march; transfer to Mauthausen, Melk, and Ebensee; liberation by United States troops; and returning to Belgium via Linz. Mr H. recounts finding work; divorce and remarriage; and his son's birth. He discusses his sense of isolation and the importance of his few French-speaking friends in the camps.