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Boris F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2997) interviewed by Pascal Majérus and Elisabeth Inchusta,

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    Videotape testimony of Boris F., who was born in Petrograd, Soviet Union (presently Saint Petersburg, Russia) in 1923. He recounts his father's death; emigrating with his mother and brother to join relatives in Hamburg in approximately 1925; placement in a children's home; his bar mitzvah; expulsion from public school in 1934; attending a Jewish school; his brother's emigration to the Netherlands; visiting him in the Hague; expulsion from Germany with his mother in 1938; joining his brother; attending school in Charleroi; German invasion; living in Brussels; returning to Charleroi; arrest in March 1942; incarceration in Mons, St. Gilles, Aix-la-Chapelle, Cologne, and Frankfurt; transfer to Würzburg; slave labor in a textile factory; sabotaging the products; the camp commander's efforts to keep them alive; the prisoners conducting classes for each other; a death march in April 1945; liberation by United States troops; assistance from the Red Cross; repatriation to Belgium; reunion with his brother (his mother had been killed); recuperating from tuberculosis in Leysin; marriage to a survivor; and returning to Brussels. Mr. F. notes his loneliness after liberation; reluctance to discuss his experiences, but sharing them with his daughter; continuing friendships with fellow survivors; and nightmares resulting from his experiences.
    F., Boris, 1923-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 7, 1994.
    Soviet Union
    Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Hamburg (Germany)
    Hague (Netherlands)
    Charleroi (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Cologne (Germany)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Leysin (Switzerland)
    Cite As
    Boris F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2997). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Inchusta, Elisabeth, interviewer.
    Majérus, Pascal, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 52 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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