Felix L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2980) interviewed by Jean-Michel Chaumont and Yannis Thanassekos
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
- Interview Date
- October 21, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Felix L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2980). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Felix L., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1923. He recounts his family's move to Belgium in 1928; attending school in Anderlecht, Antwerp and Brussels; fights due to antisemitism; German invasion; fleeing to De Panne; returning to Brussels; his father's deportation in 1942; being hidden by non-Jews with family members and his future wife; marriage in summer 1942; arrest and internment in Malines in August; joining a group organizing a train escape; failure when he was separated from the group (others succeeded); arrival at Auschwitz; transfer to Buna/Monowitz; slave labor laying cables for I.G. Farben; contact with Russian and British POWs; selections and beatings; the death march to Gleiwitz; train evacuation to Buchenwald; a death march to Spaichingen; slave labor in a quarry; frequent killings; desertion of the guards; United States troops caring for them; repatriation to Namur; and learning of his father's and sister's deaths. Mr. L. discusses difficulties speaking about his experiences; intergroup relations and hierarchies in concentration camps; Nazi dehumanization of deportees; the overwhelming impact of starvation; and his continuing nightmares. He notes the importance of teaching about the Holocaust.