Jacques R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2985) interviewed by Claire Paulus and Pascal Majérus
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1993
- Interview Date
- June 2, 1993.
- 2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacques R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2985). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacques R., who was born in 1922. He recounts his family's move to La Louvière, Belgium, then Brussels and Anderlecht; beatings at school because he was Jewish; violin lessons; participation in leftist organizations; German invasion; fleeing to France; returning to Belgium; involvement in the Resistance; the Bund placing him in hiding with non-Jews in Villers-la-Ville, using false papers; running away from his hiding place; joining his mother in Uccle; arrest with his uncle and cousin; interrogations; transfer to Malines; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; quarantine; slave labor in Jaworzno; building a camp there; obtaining extra food and avoiding selections by playing violin; a public hanging of escapees; the death march to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Hersbruck, Flossenbürg, and Dachau; receiving a Red Cross package; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. R. vividly describes camp life and the breakdown of "normal" human behavior; incidents of prisoners both helping and harming each other; and horrible nightmares in the first years after liberation.