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Henri K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3000) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Elisabeth Inchusta,

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    Videotape testimony of Henri K., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1926. He recounts his parents' and their siblings' emigration from Poland during World War I; speaking Yiddish at home; a priest espousing antisemitic ideas during religious instruction in public school; German invasion; fleeing with his family to Revelles, France; after three months, round-up with other non-citizens in Cape la Hague for six months; internment in Rivesaltes; release in February 1942 due to his Parisian aunt's bribes; returning from Vierzon to Brussels, using false papers; his sister's deportation (he never saw her again); deportation with his parents and other sister to Malines in September; separation from his mother and sister at Cosel (he never saw them again), en route to Sakrau; slave labor building roads; friendship with three prisoners, who remain friends to the present; arguments between religious Jews maintaining fasts and socialists; transfer to Kleinmangersdorf; prisoners killing two vicious kapos; transfer to Tarnowitz; injuries from which he still suffers; separation from his father upon transfer to Annaberg, Szopienice, then Blechhammer; reunion with his father; public hangings; Allied bombardments; a death march in January 1945 to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Buchenwald; his father's death; liberation by United States troops; prisoners killing Ukrainian guards; repatriation with Red Cross assistance; hospitalization for tuberculosis; earning a diploma in art; and marriage in 1949. Mr. K. discusses learning of his father's past in the camps; his father's sacrifices to keep him alive; the importance to survival of maintaining morale; humor in the camps; inter-group relations; and not talking about his experiences for many years due to the pain it caused him.
    K., Henri, 1926-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 21, 1994.
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Revelles (France)
    La Hague, Cape (France)
    Vierzon (France)
    Cite As
    Henri K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3000). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Inchusta, Elisabeth, 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 (4 hr., 40 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jews--Migrations. Jewish refugees. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. Fathers and sons. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Forced labor. Friendship. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Concentration camps--Humor--Psychological aspects. Revenge. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Death marches. Belgium. Brussels (Belgium) Revelles (France) La Hague, Cape (France) Vierzon (France) Oral histories (document genres) K., Henri,--1926- Rivesaltes (Concentration camp) Malines (Concentration camp) Annaberg (Concentration camp) Gross-Rosen (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Blechhammer E/3 (Concentration camp) Klein Mangersdorf (Concentration camp) International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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