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Michel T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1440) interviewed by Patricia Widenhorn and Bernard Weinstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1440

Videotape testimony of Michel T., who was born in Łódź, Poland, an only child. He recounts moving to his aunt's home in Breslau, Germany (presently Wrocław, Poland) when he was seven; his bar mitzvah; attending high school; being accused of sabotage after Hitler's ascent to power in 1933; fleeing to Bordeaux; visiting his family in Poland in 1937; moving to Vienna; Austrians warmly welcoming the Germans during the Anschluss; anti-Jewish violence; fleeing with his fiancée in late October 1938; interrogation by the Gestapo in Saarbrücken; release by the Gestapo and their assistance crossing the French border; traveling to Paris, then Nice; incarceration as an enemy alien in Le Vernet and Les Milles; German invasion; escaping; assistance from a Quaker; active participation in the French Resistance; arrest at the Union générale des israélites de France office in Lyon; release after showing Klaus Barbie his false papers; continuing Resistance activities; arrest in Grenoble in 1943; torture by the French police; release; continuing Resistance activities; liberation by United States troops; assignment as a French liaison to United States forces in 1944; liberating Dachau; observing piles of corpses; securing incriminating German documents; interrogating war criminals; visiting the Ebensee displaced persons camp; attempts to find his family; learning they had been killed; emigration to join relatives in the United States; testifying at Barbie's trial; and sharing his experiences with his children.

T., Michel.
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989 and 1990
Interview Date
November 28, 1989 and March 14, 1990.
Łódź (Poland)
Wrocław (Poland)
Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France)
Vienna (Austria)
Saarbrücken (Germany)
Paris (France)
Nice (France)
Grenoble (France)
Lyon (France)
United States
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michel T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1440). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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