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Emile V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3470) interviewed by Elisabeth Inchusta and Hessel Daalder

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3470

Videotape testimony of Emile V., a non-Jew, who was born in Lanaye, Belgium in 1922. He recalls attending school in Liège and Tilff; receiving draft notification in May 1940; being sent to Paris; returning to Belgium three months later; organizing a resistance unit; noting German convoys and conveying that information to the resistance; working in Germany; returning to Belgium; arrest with his father on May 15, 1943 as spies; imprisonment in Liège, then Bochum; transfer to Esterwegen; no communication with the outside due to their "Nacht und Nebel" status (their clothing was marked "NN"); always remaining with his father; his death in December; losing hope; support from his friends; transfer to prison in Bayreuth; transport in December 1944 in cattle trains to Dachau (he still has nightmares about this); receiving packages from the Belgian Red Cross; liberation; returning to Liège in May 1945; the pain of telling his mother of his father's death; learning of extermination camps; and marriage in October. Mr. V. discuss relations between nationality groups in the camps; a friend who was experimented upon; better conditions in prisons than in camps; seldom talking about his experiences, even with his children, except with other deportees; and continuing hostility toward Germans.

Author/Creator
V., Emile, 1922-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
Interview Date
January 11, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Emile V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3470). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.