Jacques F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3213) interviewed by Dorit Welt and Hélène Trigano
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- February 10, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacques F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3213). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacques F., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1925. He recalls attending Jewish school; living with his grandmother when his mother emigrated to Paris; promising his grandmother that he would remain observant; joining his mother in 1934; inadvertently breaking his promise to his grandmother; attending a Jesuit school; German invasion; being influenced to go to London by Gaullist radio in 1941; difficulty crossing the Allier River into unoccupied France; detainment as a refugee; joining a Resistance group in Montluçon; expulsion from vocational school in Thiers due to his British sympathies; contacts with the FTP-MOI; arrest in Montluçon in 1943; incarceration in Les Milles; punishment for sabotage; escaping with assistance from an Italian prisoner; hiding in L'Estaque; Resistance activities in Aurillac; fighting with Maquis units in Thiers; antisemitism in the Maquis; stealing Vichy documents; the difficult committee decision to execute a pregnant Milice member; fighting with the regular army in Germany; posting to the Far East where he was seriously injured; and returning to Paris in 1946 for medical treatment. Mr. F. notes that his parents did not survive deportation and finding his siblings in a nursery. He discusses his sense of Jewish identity and being persecuted as a Jew.