Jacques F., David I., and Paul S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1792) interviewed by Adam Vital
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- May 29, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacques F., David I., and Paul S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1792). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacques F., David I., and Paul S. David I. was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1938. He recounts his family's move to Brussels in 1941; his father arranging with an organization to hide the children; being taken with his brother by a member of the underground to the convent of the Brothers of St. Joseph in Gilly in July 1942; being moved to a children's home in Jamoigne in April 1943; schooling and outdoor activities; attending mass; a German raid; the director's kindness; and not recognizing his father in September 1944 when he came to retrieve them. Mr. I. notes eighty-three Jewish children were saved at Jamoigne; reunions of the children and their rescuers; participating in their recognition by Yad Vashem in 1988; and his parents and sister surviving with assistance from non-Jews.
Videotape testimony of Jacques F. was born in Brussels in 1935. He recalls German invasion; briefly fleeing to Toulouse; returning home; his father's incarceration at Malines (he never saw him again); being taken with his brother by the CDJ to a children's home in Jamoigne in May 1943; attending mass; schooling and outdoor activities; a German raid; the director's kindness; reunion with their mother through JOC in Brussels in September 1944; assistance from the Joint; membership in Hashomer Hatzair; continuing his Christian prayers; and his brother's emigration to the United States. Mr. F. notes the priest at Jamoigne never tried to convert the Jewish children (attending mass was a security measure).
Videotape testimony of Paul S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1933. He recalls antisemitic incidents; moving to Cologne; illegal emigration to Belgium; attending school; learning French; his father's arrest as an enemy alien in May 1940; assistance from his teacher and a Red Cross worker; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; round-ups; being taken by a member of CDJ to the children's home in Jamoigne; conversion to Catholicism; serving as an altar boy; liberation in 1944; reunion with his mother in Brussels; their emigration to the United States in 1948; and learning the details of his father's deportation and death. Mr. S. discusses receiving a letter from David I. in 1988; learning he was not the only Jewish child hidden at Jamoigne; attending a reunion in 1988; continuing gratitude to and admiration for all his rescuers; and a documentary about his experience.
Jacques F., David I., and Paul. S. sing the song of Jamoigne and recite a poem written for the director. They show photographs and Mothers Day letters to the director from grateful Jewish children.