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Jacques F., David I., and Paul S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1792) interviewed by Adam Vital,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1792

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.

F., Jacques, 1935-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 29, 1991.
Antwerp (Belgium)
Brussels (Belgium)
Gilly (Belgium)
Toulouse (France)
Jamoigne (Belgium)
Vienna (Austria)
Cologne (Germany)
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.