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Louis G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1798) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and A. Adleman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1798

Videotape testimony of Louis G., who was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1925. He recounts his uncle's murder by Brownshirts; moving to Paris with his parents and brother in 1933; attending school; German invasion; fleeing to Lugagnac in June 1940; moving to Cahors; their internment in Agde; their release; living in Montpellier; their futile attempt to enter Switzerland in November 1942; returning to live with a Jew in hiding in Montpellier (his brother and parents went to Saint-Martin-Vésubie); obtaining real identity papers in Limoges; arrest in Nice; having to report to the police weekly; joining his family in Saint-Martin-Vésubie in September 1943; walking over the Alps to Valdieri after Italian capitulation; living in the countryside through October; traveling to Florence; Rabbi Nathan Casuto arranging to hide them; Father Casini hiding his mother in a convent; being placed with others in a theater; a German raid; escaping with his brother to a convent (they never saw their father again); Father Casini hiding them in an orphanage; liberation in August 1944; emigration to Israel; and his brother's death in the 1948 war. He discusses his dismay at French collaboration; Yad Vashem honoring their rescuers; and his father's death in Auschwitz.

Author/Creator
G., Louis, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 14, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louis G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1798). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.