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Paul B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2992) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Elisabeth Inchusta

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2992

Videotape testimony of Paul B., a non-Jew, who was born in Ougrée, Belgium, in 1921. He recalls his father's death in 1926; his mother's remarriage; becoming a shoemaker; active participation with the Young Socialists (JS); joining the Resistance; arrest with others in his network; imprisonment in Huy; two days in Breendonk; transfer to Mauthausen; trying to help a former teacher; transfer a week later to Gusen; soccer games between nationality groups; prisoner musical performances; increasing debilitation; help from a priest who perished and for whom he sought recognition after the war; transfer to Struthof, then Dachau and Allach; sabotaging work as part of an organized resistance; help from French POWs; liberation by United States troops; beating a sadistic block elder; repatriation to Liège by the Red Cross; and reunion with his family. Mr B. details daily life in the camps, forced labor, and starvation; relationships between inmates; encounters with Jewish prisoners; camp organization; alliances of French speakers; praying to his mother; and the importance of friendships. He discusses the humiliation in the camps; attributes his survival to luck; the difficultly of contacts with families of prisoners who perished; and participating in survivor organizations, including trips to the camps.

Author/Creator
B., Paul, 1921-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1993
Interview Date
December 20, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paul B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2992). 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/4289953
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