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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4015

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.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Xavier D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4015). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.