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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3456

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    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.
    F., Julie, 1908-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
    Interview Date
    January 30, 1995.
    Schaerbeek (Belgium)
    Louvain (Belgium)
    Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Julie F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3456). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Inchusta, Elisabeth, interviewer.
    Daalder, Hessel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (5 hr., 14 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Childbirth in concentration camps.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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