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Léon H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4026) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Frederic Fichefet,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4026

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Léon H., a Catholic, who was born in Verviers, Belgium in 1918. He recalls the family's bakery; military service in 1940; deserting rather than surrendering; returning home; joining the Resistance; an encounter with collaborators; blowing up electrical lines; arrest on May 22, 1942; four months solitary confinement in the Citadelle de Liège; transfer to Bochum; forced factory labor; sabotaging the work; praying with other prisoners; transfer with other French and Belgian "Nacht und Nebel" prisoners to Esterwegen after four months; a friend sharing bread with him when he was sick; organized exercise and discussion groups; a failed escape attempt; transfer to Börgermoor, then Untermassfeld; liberation by United States troops; repatriation; reunion with his family; living with his sister in Ostend; and benefits as a former prisoner. Mr. H. notes his optimism in camps; not learning about the Jewish Holocaust until after liberation; and not sharing his experience until recently.
    Author/Creator
    H., Léon, 1918-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
    Interview Date
    June 21,1995.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Verviers (Belgium)
    Ostend (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Léon H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4026). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Fichefet, Frederic, 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.
    Mutual aid.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4655551
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:45:00
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