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Adolf J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2979) interviewed by Jean-Michel Chaumont and Rina Margos,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2979

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    Videotape testimony of Adolf J., who was born in 1924 in Germany. He describes his family's move to Belgium; poverty in Antwerp until the late 1920s, then affluence; involvement in leftist organizations; antisemitic incidents in school; his family's fleeing to Dunkerque to escape the German invasion; their return to Belgium; joining the Resistance; hiding in Charleroi; his father's arrest; joining the Resistance in Brussels; moving to Tournai; arrest as a Resistant (he had false papers) in April 1944; and confessing to be Jewish, thinking it would help him. Mr. J. recalls transfer to Malines; forced labor in Schoten; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; receiving food and medical aid from Belgian friends and other Belgians who did not know him; receiving extra food from Hungarian guards; contact with his sister; a rabbi who advised and helped prisoners, some of whom fasted on Yom Kippur; the death march to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; transfer to Dachau and Waldlager; liberation by United States troops; repatriation; and reunion with his sister. He discusses at length relations between prisoner groups and his state of mind in the camps.
    J., Adolf, 1924-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
    Interview Date
    May 6, 1992.
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Dunkerque (France)
    Charleroi (Belgium)
    Tournai (Belgium)
    Schoten (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Adolf J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2979). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Chaumont, Jean-Michel, interviewer.
    Margos, Rina, 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 (1 hr., 44 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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