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Jacques R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2985) interviewed by Claire Paulus and Pascal Majérus

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2985

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.

Author/Creator
R., Jacques, 1922-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1993
Interview Date
June 2, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289939
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:24:00
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