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Henri M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1736) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1736

Videotape testimony of Henri M., who was born in İzmir, Turkey in 1924. He recounts his family's move to Clichy, France in 1926; relatives emigrating to Saint-Brieuc; participating in Boy Scouts; German invasion; fleeing with his parents and brother to Saint-Brieuc; returning home after two months; anti-Jewish restrictions; smuggling himself to Moissac, in the unoccupied zone, with assistance from a non-Jew; living in a home organized by Jewish scouts (EIF); forming lifelong friendships, including his future wife; his brother's arrival; his parents living nearby; receiving false papers from a clandestine Jewish scout group (la Sixième) and dispersing in 1943 when Germans arrived; attending school under his false name; passing his baccalaureate in June 1944; joining the Jewish partisans; actions against Germans in Mazamet and Castres; liberation; returning to Moissac; not joining the French army after they would not accept his non-French colleagues; learning relatives had been deported and did not return; emigration to Cuba in 1948 to join relatives; marriage; his daughters' births; and emigration to the United States to escape Castro, although he initially supported him. Mr. M. discusses his increasing cynicism due to his war experiences and the Castro revolution. He shows photographs, documents, and artifacts.

M., Henri, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 12, 1990.
İzmir (Turkey)
Clichy (France)
Saint-Brieuc (France)
Moissac (Tarn-et-Garonne, France)
Mazamet (France)
Castres (Tarn, France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henri M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1736). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.