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Jean-Michel D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4014) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4014

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Jean-Michel D., who was born in Oran, Algeria and raised in Belgium. He recalls his parents' divorce (his mother was Catholic); a close relationship with his grandfather; working in Liège; marriage; imprisonment for resistance; escaping; he and his wife being sent for forced labor in Nuremberg; her release after two weeks (she was ill); going on leave (he never returned); his wife's death in 1942; living underground in Paris; arrest while trying to escape to England; imprisonment in St. Gilles; suffering greatly in solitary confinement; clandestinely sending a message to his family; transfer to Dachau; a friend receiving extra food for "volunteering" for medical experiments; incredible solidarity and friendship among his Belgian group; hospitalization for typhus; receiving packages from home; liberation by United States troops; and repatriation. Mr. D. discusses never sharing his experiences with his family; fighting to receive benefits as a camp survivor (his forced labor in Germany counted against him); never believing he would survive Dachau; believing he and his fellow prisoners are permanently depressed as a result of their camp experiences; and visiting schools to share his experiences.
    Author/Creator
    D., Jean-Michel, 1921-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
    Interview Date
    June 7, 1995.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Nuremberg (Germany)
    Paris (France)
    Algeria
    Oran (Algeria)
    Liège (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Jean-Michel D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4014). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (6 hr., 3 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4585678
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
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