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Rene D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4016) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4016

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Rene D., who was born in Ans, Belgium in 1923. He recalls his family's Catholic, right wing orientation; exposure to his grandfather's more liberal perspective; attending high school in Liège; joining the military during the German invasion in 1940; returning home after German victory; resuming his studies; learning his grandfather was hiding a Jewish family; being asked to join the Resistance; distributing pamphlets and tracking train movements; hiding to avoid forced labor; arrest; incarceration for five months at St. Leonard prison; transfer to Esterwegen as a "Nacht und Nebel" prisoner; forced labor; prisoner solidarity regardless of national origin; hunger and humiliation; transfer to Geisingen to await trial; suspension of the tribunal; transfer to Dachau; horrific conditions; conflict over a Red Cross package; brief hospitalization; liberation by United States troops; repatriation; a long recuperation; and resuming his education. Mr. D. discusses the development of his political beliefs; loss of his religious faith in camp; the importance to his survival of mutual prisoner support; never discussing or dwelling on his camp experiences, although never forgetting them; sharing little of his story with his children; and nightmares.
    Author/Creator
    D., Rene, 1923-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
    Interview Date
    October 23, 1995.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Ans (Belgium)
    Liège (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Rene D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4016). 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 (5 hr., 6 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

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

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4585685
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
    This page:
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