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Rene G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3034) interviewed by Robert Krell

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3034

Videotape testimony of Rene G., who was born in Luxembourg in 1934 to Polish refugees. He describes German invasion; moving to Brussels; wearing the yellow star; moving to southern France; detention by French police in Poligny; transfer to a refugee hotel in Lons-le-Saunier; being placed in a deportation train with his mother (his father had left the hotel); removal from the train through the intervention of his aunt while his mother was brutally forced to board; staying with his aunt in Limoges (his father hid in Lyon); brief placement in a Jewish orphanage outside Limoges; staying with French families in Vendoeuvres; transfer to a Catholic orphanage in Pellevoisin, assuming a false identity; joining his father in Lyon; allied bombardments; staying on a farm in Chassieu; liberation by United States troops; joining his aunt and uncle in Villeurbanne; living in a Jewish orphanage in Le Bourg-d'Oisans; returning to Lyon in summer 1945; learning his father had been deported (he never returned); living at an orphanage in Andrésy; studying in Poland, China, and the United States; and settling in Canada. Mr. G. discusses the effects of his experiences, particularly the loss of his parents, and the many French people who helped Jews.

Author/Creator
G., Rene, 1934-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
April 27, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
The testimony is not to be altered or used for advertising or commercial purposes.
Rene G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3034). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.