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Louis C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-353) interviewed by Abraham Kay,

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    Videotape testimony of Louis C., who was born in Berlin in 1925. He recounts his father's service in World War I; living in Nice while his father was a German government attorney; returning to Berlin in 1931; loss of family servants due to the Nuremberg laws; sham improvements during the 1936 Olympics; his bar mitzvah in 1938; Kristallnacht; non-Jewish neighbors hiding his father; expulsion from school; attending an ad hoc Jewish school; his parents putting him, his sister, and cousin on a train; arrival in Oldenzaal; living in a refugee camp, an orphanage, then another camp; joining his parents in Antwerp; moving to Brussels; German invasion in May 1940; arrest by Belgians as an enemy alien while en route to school; train transfer to France; separation of Jews near Paris; transfer to Villeneuve-de-Berg; receiving Red Cross forms to notify his parents of his location; transfer a few weeks later to St. Cyprien, then to Gurs in May 1941; encountering his father; transfer to Les Milles in August; a brief visit with his mother and sister; deportation to Mauthausen; escaping with four others in spring/summer 1942; and traveling across France to Spain with assistance from the underground.

    Mr. C. recalls enlisting in the French Foreign Legion; training in Africa and England as a spy; attachment to United States and British forces; parachuting into France in spring 1943; visiting his sister in a convent; blowing up German vehicles; returning to England; joining the D-Day invasion in June; moving with British and U.S. forces; returning to Berlin; discovering his house was destroyed; neighbors returning family valuables; a year in Israel training soldiers; emigrating to the United States in 1947; and marriage to a German Jew in 1951. Mr. C. discusses only he and his sister surviving from those relatives who did not leave Europe; continuing nightmares; sharing his story with his children; and his lost youth. He shows documents and photographs.
    C., Louis, 1925-
    Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
    Interview Date
    August 16, 1984.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Nice (France)
    Oldenzaal (Netherlands)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Villeneuve-de-Berg (France)
    Cite As
    Louis C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-353). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kay, Abraham, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 48 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Nuremberg laws.
    Noncitizens Evacuation and relocation.
    Postwar effects.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Olympic Games--(11th :--1936 :--Berlin, Germany) Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Bar mitzvah. Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Germany. Kristallnacht, 1938. Jews--Migrations. Jewish refugees. Brothers and sisters. Fathers and sons. Forced labor. Nightmares. Escapes. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, French. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, British. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, American. Germany. Berlin (Germany) Nice (France) Oldenzaal (Netherlands) Amsterdam (Netherlands) Antwerp (Belgium) Brussels (Belgium) France. Villeneuve-de-Berg (France) Spain. England. Israel. Oral histories (document genres) C., Louis,--1925- Saint-Cyprien (Concentration camp) Gurs (Concentration camp) Mauthausen (Concentration camp) International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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