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Andre T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4034) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Hessel Daalder

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4034

Videotape testimony of Andre T., a non-Jew, who was born in Belgium in 1920, the older of two children. He recounts his “bourgeois” background; attending university; military draft in 1939; postings in Liège, then Brussels; German invasion in May 1940; brief capture; returning to Brussels; attempting to escape to England via France; arrest in Port-Vendres; transfer to Peripignan; being tried for having improper documents; release and immediate re-arrest; transfer to Argelès; escape with two friends; traveling to Limoux; obtaining false papers; returning to Brussels via Sète and Lille; joining the underground; delivering weapons and false papers; fleeing to Paris; arrest; incarceration in Santé; transfer to St. Gilles; learning his parents had been imprisoned; negotiating their release; transfer to Cologne, Essen, Bochum, then Bonn; observing a Jewish prisoner, who was segregated; a sham trial; transfer to Engelstadt, then Kaishem in 1944; forced labor in a clothing workshop; sabotaging production; appointment as an interpreter; solitary confinement for assisting a fellow prisoner; prisoners sharing food; transfer to Dachau; receiving Red Cross parcels; liberation by United States troops; many deaths resulting from eating; returning to Brussels via Liège; and reunion with his family. Mr. T. discusses details of prison and camp life, particularly total humiliation; attributing his survival to help from others; and visiting Dachau with his son.

Author/Creator
T., Andre, 1919-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
Interview Date
May 29 and June 23, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Andre T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4034). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.