Henri E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3211) interviewed by Hélène Trigano and Claudine Drame
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- March 10, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Henri E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3211). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Henri E., who was born in Paris, France in 1916, one of five children. He recalls participating in organized sports; military service in 1937 in Metz; assignment to the Maginot Line in August 1939; retreating during the German invasion in 1940; being wounded; evacuation to Vichy; nineteen months hospitalization; activities for the Resistance while on furloughs from the hospital; meeting his sister in Clermont-Ferrand; participating in bombing Vichy government and Gestapo offices; his sister's arrest, then his on September 13, 1942; imprisonment in several places; a failed escape, organized by the Resistance in February 1944, resulting in executions; transfer to Compiègne, then Dachau; volunteering to donate blood in exchange for better food; learning they were tricked into participating in medical experiments; organizing by national groups; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; repatriation to Paris through Hotel Lutetia; reunion with his surviving sister and two brothers; working for the United States military; and his career at an oil company. Mr. E. discusses his belief he survived due to his athleticism and spirit of resistance; membership in veteran and survivor organizations; and sharing his experiences with his son.