Alain M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3002) interviewed by Pascal Majérus and Judith Feit
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1993
- Interview Date
- July 1, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Alain M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3002). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Alain M., who was born in Zawiercie, Poland in 1924, one of five children. He recalls his family's poverty; their focus on religion and learning; one sisters's death from tuberculosis; attending Jewish schools; antisemitic harassment and violence; futile efforts to emigrate; working as a furrier; German invasion; forced labor; food shortages; his mother's death; ghettoization; deportation to Annaberg; slave labor building roads; observing Soviet POWs in very poor condition; transfer to Sakrau, Faulbrück, Görlitz, then Gross-Rosen; slave labor building factories as well as other tasks; sharing extra food and helping others in his group of friends; transfer to Hersbruck in February 1945; hospitalization; transfer to Dachau in April, then placement on a train through Bavaria; abandonment by the SS guards; liberation by United States troops; transfer to a displaced persons camp; learning his brother was in Paris (his father and sisters had been killed); joining him there; marriage; and moving to Belgium. Mr. M. discusses the courage of religious Jews who did not resist; competition between camp prisoners to survive; visiting Auschwitz; and not understanding why he survived. He reads his poem about his experiences.