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Eugene H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2977) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Jean-Michel Chaumont,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2977

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    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.
    H., Eugene, 1908-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
    Interview Date
    November 4, 1992.
    Liepāja (Latvia)
    Paris (France)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Ghent (Belgium)
    Linz (Austria)
    Cite As
    Eugene H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2977). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Chaumont, Jean-Michel, 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)
    Postwar experiences.
    Aid by non-Jews.

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