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David B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4012) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Hessel Daalder,

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    Videotape testimony of David B., who was born in Mielec, Poland in 1921 and raised in Jarosław. He recalls antisemitic harassment in public school; emigration to Brussels at age nine; no discrimination; assisting German-Jewish refugees; German invasion; leaving for France with his parents and brother; living in Bordeaux; fleeing to Montpellier upon German arrival; moving to Agde; his father's return to Belgium and subsequent deportation in 1942 (they never saw him again); joining Mouvement des jeunesses sionistes; organizing escapes for Jews to the free zone; being warned of his own arrest; non-Jews assisting him to escape; hiding for two weeks; obtaining false papers from the Jewish scouts (E.I.F.); learning of his mother's death; he and his brother living in a scout home in Polignac; arrest; escaping from Septfonds; fleeing to Italian-occupied Nice; being joined by his brother; working with the Jewish underground in Saint-Martin-Vésubie and Valdieri; arrest in Toulouse; incarceration in Noé; escape with a prisoner who recognized him from Armée juive; working for the Jewish resistance in Limoges; burning a building in Glénic to destroy records of Jews; military forays against the Germans; arrest; confessing to be Jewish, hoping to avoid execution as a Resistant; days of torture; deportation to Buchenwald, Dora, and Rottleberode; slave labor; and liberation from a death march in May 1945.

    Mr. B. tells of returning to Brussels; hearing from his brother (he was in Palestine); and great satisfaction at seeing the destruction of Germany. He discusses his optimistic attitude and relations between national groups in concentration camps; continuing hostility toward older Germans; believing resistance is not heroic, but a normal reaction to particular circumstances; and pessimism about lessons learned from the Holocaust.
    B., David, 1921-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
    Interview Date
    June 12, 1995.
    Mielec (Poland)
    Jarosław (Poland)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France)
    Agde (France)
    Montpellier (France)
    Polignac (Haute-Loire, France)
    Nice (France)
    Saint-Martin-Vésubie (France)
    Valdieri (Italy)
    Toulouse (France)
    Limoges (France)
    Glénic (France)
    Cite As
    David B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4012). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Daalder, Hessel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (6 hr., 32 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Mutual aid.
    Italian occupation.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jewish refugees. Jews--Migrations. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France. World War, 1939-1945--Jewish resistance. Escapes. Brothers. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Forced labor. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Death marches. Poland. Mielec (Poland) Jarosław (Poland) Brussels (Belgium) Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France) Agde (France) Montpellier (France) Polignac (Haute-Loire, France) Nice (France) Saint-Martin-Vésubie (France) Valdieri (Italy) Toulouse (France) Limoges (France) Glénic (France) Oral histories (document genres) B., David,--1921- Mouvement des jeunesses sionistes (France) Éclaireurs israélites de France. Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Dora (Concentration camp)

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