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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2997

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.

Author/Creator
F., Boris, 1923-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
Interview Date
March 7, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Boris F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2997). 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/4289963
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