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Julie F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3456) interviewed by Hessel Daalder and Elisabeth Inchusta

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3456

Videotape testimony of Julie F., a non-Jew, who was born in Schaerbeek, Belgium in 1908. She recalls her family's affluence and Catholicism; memories of World War I; living in Louvain; her father's accidental death when she was thirteen; briefly living in Düsseldorf with family friends; returning to Brussels; marriage in 1925; her son's birth in 1928; separation from her husband in 1939; living with her mother; opening a fashion shop; German invasion; closing her shop; a friend hiding Jews; working as a Resistance courier; arrest in April 1941; incarceration in St. Gilles; friendship with cellmates; transfer to Amberg in September, then to Charlottenburg in May 1943; trial and conviction; return to Amberg, then to Lübeck, back to Amberg, then Rostock; deportation to Ravensbrück; separation with others designated as "Nacht und Nebel" for some time; slave labor sorting possessions of murdered prisoners; stealing clothes for herself and others; becoming indifferent to corpses everywhere; hospitalization for ten days; two prisoners giving birth; transfer to Mauthausen in open rail cars; assistance from Spanish prisoners; liberation by the Red Cross; transport to Switzerland, Hotel Lutetia in Paris, then Brussels; reunion with her mother and son; difficulties adjusting to normal life; and marriage. Ms. F. discusses relations between prisoners; the importance of helping each other; testifying against the man who arrested her; nightmares; reluctance to share her experiences with her son and grandsons; and visits to Ravensbrück and Mauthausen.

Author/Creator
F., Julie, 1908-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
Interview Date
January 30, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Julie F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3456). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291757
Record last modified: 2012-03-02 16:37:00
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