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Raymond I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3459) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Elisabeth Inchusta

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3459

Videotape testimony of Raymond I., a non-Jew, who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1922. He recalls his happy childhood; scouting activities; German invasion; traveling with the scouts to France; returning after three months; hiding Jewish families with both sets of grandparents; joining the Resistance in 1941; accompanying downed Allied pilots to Lille; arrest en route with two pilots in January 1944; interrogation in Lille; transfer to St. Gilles; his trial and death sentence; his parents' arrest and trial for hiding an airman; transfer with his father to prison in Bayreuth, then to Amberg in March 1945; brief slave labor; punishment for sabotaging the work; liberation by United States troops; returning to Brussels; and reunion with his mother (she had been in Ravensbrück) and sister (she had been in hiding). Mr. I. discusses guilt over a family who were arrested for hiding people at his urging (the parents did not survive); learning about death and concentration camps only after the war; sharing his experiences with his children; participating in a group of those who were condemned to death and deported; writing about this; and his parents' reluctance to share their experiences.

Author/Creator
I., Raymond, 1922-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
Interview Date
December 9, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Raymond I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3459). 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/4291774
Record last modified: 2014-04-07 16:27:00
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