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Xavier D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4015) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Michel Bailly,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4015

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Xavier D., a Catholic, who was born in Bertrix, Belgium in 1925. He recalls attending boarding school; his father's death in 1937; leaving for France with his family in 1940; remaining in Libourne for two months; returning home; billeting of German soldiers in their house; joining the Resistance with his brother; obtaining false papers as a student to avoid forced labor in Germany; hiding; being arrested with his brother for underground activities; imprisonment in Charleville and Amou; their deportation to Buchenwald in June 1944; receiving extra food from Scandinavian prisoners; a collaborator in their group being killed by prisoners; useless slave labor; transfer to Dora three weeks later, then to Harzungen; harassment by locals when they walked to work; hospitalization for most of the winter; transfer to Dora; receiving tobacco in a package from his mother; bribing a nurse with the tobacco to keep himself in the infirmary; transfer to Nordhausen; liberation by United States troops; and repatriation. Mr. D. discusses relations among prisoner groups; the importance to his survival of being with his brother and his Catholic faith; and learning his brother died two hours before he was to be repatriated.
    Author/Creator
    D., Xavier, 1925-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
    Interview Date
    September 13, 1995.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Bertrix (Belgium)
    Libourne (France)
    Charleville (Ardennes, France)
    Amou (France)
    Cite As
    Xavier D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4015). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Bailly, 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 (3 hr., 22 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Hiding.
    False papers.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4585682
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:45:00
    This page:
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