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Arthur H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2999) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Elisabeth Inchusta

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2999

Videotape testimony of Arthur H., a non-Jew, who was born in Angleur, Belgium in 1913. He recalls his happy childhood; socialist activities; working as a journalist; marriage; his daughter's birth; German invasion; fleeing to Poitiers, then Toulouse; returning home in August; participating in the socialist Resistance; traveling to Paris as part of the Resistance; surrendering to save his family from arrest after a colleague was caught with his name; incarceration in St. Gilles; transfer to another prison where nuns assisted him; deportation to Mauthausen as a “Nacht und Nebel” prisoner; witnessing a guard strangling a Jewish prisoner; transfer to Dachau three months later; a friend obtaining a privileged position for him first as a cleaner and then as a head nurse; rivalries between communists and socialists; becoming the "representative" of Belgian prisoners; arranging with a camp official to share Red Cross packages with non-Belgian prisoners; undergoing a medical experiment; homosexuality among prisoners; liberation in April 1945; repatriation in June; his daughter not recognizing him; and attending Nuremberg and other war crime trials. Mr. H. discusses his relationship with Hendrik de Man; the importance to his survival of luck and a will to live; his relatively easy experience in Dachau; prisoners' loss of self identity in camps; the limitations of testimony since one can only convey one's own experiences and perceptions of them; nightmares resulting from his experiences; years of strained relations with his daughter; and writing poetry about his experiences.

Author/Creator
H., Arthur, 1913-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
Interview Date
February 23, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Arthur H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2999). 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/4290022
Record last modified: 2014-04-07 16:25:00
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