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Auguste V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3471) interviewed by Elisabeth Inchusta and Michel Rosenfeldt,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3471

Videotape testimony of Auguste V., a Roman-Catholic, born in Mouscron, Belgium in 1920, one of eleven children. He recalls receiving his diploma as an auto mechanic in 1938; sheltering German Jewish refugees; twice daily prayers at home; working in Liège; German invasion; returning home; briefly fleeing to Bailleul, France; participating in the Resistance; his family hiding Jews; learning his arrest was imminent; fleeing to La Rochefoucauld in March 1943; arrest; incarceration in Angoulême and Poitiers; deportation from Compiègne to Buchenwald in June; remaining with one friend; slave labor in a quarry; transfer to the garage, then Gustloffwerke I; transport to Laura; working in the garage, a privileged position; receiving food from the civilian boss and German soldiers; sharing packages from home; evacuation in April 1945; escaping with four others; liberation by United States troops eleven days later; assistance from the Red Cross; returning home from Bamberg in May; learning all his brothers had survived; emigration to the Congo; and return to Belgium in 1961. Mr. V. discusses group relations in the camps; attending mass in Compiègne; prisoners' brutality toward friends due to circumstances; visiting Buchenwald and Laura with his wife and children in 1990; and the inhumanity of the SS.

Author/Creator
V., Auguste, 1920-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
Interview Date
February 15, 1995.
Locale
Belgium
Mouscron (Belgium)
Liège (Belgium)
Bailleul (Nord, France)
La Rochefoucauld (France)
Angoulême (France)
Poitiers (France)
Bamberg (Germany)
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Auguste V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3471). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.