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Pierre B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2990) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Elisabeth Inchusta,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2990

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Pierre B., a Roman Catholic, who was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1916. He recalls disenchantment with Rex, an extreme rightist political movement; marriage and birth of a daughter; military service; returning to Brussels when his regiment surrendered in May 1940; forming a Resistance unit; arrest; imprisonment in St. Gilles, Essen, Bochum, and Hameln; Allied bombings; praying to maintain his morale; prisoner discussions of food and recipes due to their hunger; transfer to Esterwegen, then Blechhammer, where he observed Jewish prisoners; Allied bombings; a trial in Gross-Strehlitz; transfer to Laband; sabotaging production in a munitions factory; making a radio for the camp underground; a death march, then train transport to Buchenwald; hospitalization for pneumonia; a Dutch nurse saving him; evacuation to Theresienstadt; liberation by the Czech Red Cross; hospitalization by the French Red Cross in Plzeň, then Lyon; repatriation via Paris; and reunion with his family. Mr B. disscusses relations between prisoner groups; the importance of his friends; efforts to raise morale; the ability of humans to withstand trauma; witnessing cannibalism; the deaths of many friends; long term psychological effects; and not sharing his experiences with his children.
    Author/Creator
    B., Pierre, 1916-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 23, 1994.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Poland
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Paris (France)
    Plzeň (Czech Republic)
    Lyon (France)
    Cite As
    Pierre B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2990). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Inchusta, Elisabeth, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (4 hr., 53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hospitals in Concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Resistance.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Subjects
    Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Belgian. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Belgian. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Belgium. Cannibalism. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons,Belgian. Friendship. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. Concentration camp inmates. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Forced labor. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Faith. Sabotage. Trials--Poland. Death marches. Oral histories (document genres) Belgium. Brussels (Belgium) Paris (France) Plzeň (Czech Republic) Lyon (France) B., Pierre,--1916- Československý červený kříž. Croix-Rouge française. Rex (Political party : Belgium) Esterwegen (Concentration camp) Blechhammer E/3 (Concentration camp) Theresienstadt (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp)

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289949
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:27:00
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    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4289949

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