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Henri E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3211) interviewed by Hélène Trigano and Claudine Drame

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3211

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.

Author/Creator
E., Henri, 1916-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
March 10, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
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.