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Henri B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3017) interviewed by Jaša Almuli,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3017

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Henri B., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1919 to an impoverished family of four children. He recounts attending Greek public school; military service in Albania; attending university in Athens starting in 1940; benign Italian occupation; German invasion in September 1943; anti-Jewish regulations; obtaining false papers from a Greek police officer; hiding with friends; arrest; incarceration in Haidari; denunciation as a Jew; pointless slave labor; escaping from a deportation train in September 1944; discovering he was near Zolná in Slovakia; assistance from local villagers; futile attempts to contact Slovak resistants; arrest; imprisonment in Bratislava; and contacts with French POWs. Mr. B. describes posing as an Italian during interrogations; expulsion to the Hungarian border; refusing to enter Hungary; working on a farm in Čeklís, posing as an Italian non-Jew; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Bratislava; returning to Thessalonikē; learning his family was killed except his for younger brother in the leftist resistance; his brother's exile to Bulgaria by the rightist government; working as a chemist in Athens; marriage in 1953; deciding not to have children so they would not experience suffering due to antisemitism; and bringing his brother and family back to Greece in 1965.
    Author/Creator
    B., Henri, 1919-
    Published
    Athens, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
    Interview Date
    December 12, 1994.
    Locale
    Slovakia
    Greece
    Thessalonikē (Greece)
    Athens (Greece)
    Piraeus (Greece)
    Zolná (Slovakia)
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Cite As
    Henri B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3017). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Almuli, Jaša, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Italian occupation.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hiding.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290083
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4290083

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