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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4016

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.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rene D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4016). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4585685
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:44:00
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