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Elisabeth F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4019) interviewed by Hessel Daalder and Michel Rosenfeldt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4019

Videotape testimony of Elisabeth F., a Catholic, who was born in Dorinne, Belgium in 1915. She recounts few memories of World War I; attending school in Natoye, Namur, and Brussels; marriage in 1936; her son's birth in 1937; her husband's military draft in 1939; fleeing with her parents and son to Murviel-lès-Béziers after German invasion; her husband's combat death; never attending mass again; living with her sister in Spontin; working for the Resistance through a former teacher; hiding and moving downed Allied pilots; imprisonment in St. Gilles for three weeks in November 1940; arrest with her former teacher in February 1943; incarceration in St. Gilles; never admitting to anything; her death sentence on May 5th; transfer to Aachen; celebrating Christmas; transfer to several places ending at Waldheim; sabotaging the forced factory labor; learning of the gassing and shooting of Jews; helping a Jewish woman; transfer to Cottbus, then Ravensbrück; loading bodies for the crematorium; talking and thinking about food all the time; transfer to Mauthausen, then Amstettin; liberation by the Red Cross in April; recovering in St. Gall; return to Belgium; reunion with her family; her son's difficulties; living in India; and speaking of her experiences with her camp friends.

Author/Creator
F., Elisabeth, 1915-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
Interview Date
May 15, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elisabeth F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4019). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.