Andrée D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3454) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Elisabeth Inchusta
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
- Interview Date
- February 22, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Andrée D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3454). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Andrée D., a Catholic, who was born in Uccle, Belgium in 1922, one of three sisters. She recounts living in Congo from ages four to ten; attending school in Uccle; German invasion; working with the Resistance in Brussels and Bruges; smuggling downed Allied aviators to Paris; obtaining false identity papers in Lille; hiding two children in the Ardennes; denunciation; arrest with her parents; imprisonment in St. Gilles in August 1942; deportation with her father in August 1943 (her mother was released); separation from him in Essen; transfer to Mesum, Zweibrücken, then Gross-Strehlitz; slave labor in fields outside the camp; escaping with a friend; denunciation by locals; transfer to Ravensbrück; two women giving birth (the babies died); assisting a French Jewish prisoner; liquidation of most Jews shortly after they arrived; transfer to Mauthausen in February 1945; assignment to the quarry; a public execution; evacuation by the Red Cross in April 1945 to Saint Gall; repatriation; reunion with her mother; recovering from typhus; learning her father had been killed in Gross-Rosen; marriage in 1947; the births of two children; her daughter's death at age twenty-two; living in Venezuela for three years; and joining organizations for former Resistants and concentration camp victims. Ms. D. discusses relations between prisoner groups, particularly solidarity among the communists; attributing her survival to help from others and her optimism; continuing contact with some of the Allied aviators she had saved; nightmares and pervasive painful memories; testifying against the person who had denounced her; sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren; and her sense of the importance of being a moral person.