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Jacques F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3213) interviewed by Dorit Welt and Hélène Trigano,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3213

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.

Author/Creator
F., Jacques, 1925-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
February 10, 1995.
Locale
France
Warsaw (Poland)
Poland
Paris (France)
Montluçon (France)
Thiers (France)
Marseille (France)
L'Estaque (France)
Allier River (France)
Aurillac (France)
Language
French
Copies
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.