Marcel D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4040) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Yannis Thanassekos
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995 and 1996
- Interview Date
- October 25, 1995 and March 11, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marcel D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4040). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marcel D., who was born in Ans, Belgium in 1920, one of two children. He recounts his parents' staunch Catholicism; attending school in Liège; joining a socialist youth group in 1937; volunteering to fight in Spain; rejection due to his age, but working there with children in a refugee camp for two months in 1938; German invasion in 1940; fleeing with his brother to Aube; returning home; some of his friends wearing yellow stars to protest anti-Jewish measures; joining the Front de l'Indépendance; obtaining weapons; sabotaging phone and rail lines; his brother's arrest; going into hiding; arrest in 1944 for carrying false papers; incarceration in the Citadelle de Liège; interrogation and torture; pleading guilty to all charges at trial; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; hospitalization; transfer to Langenargen; slave labor in a factory; abandonment by German guards; traveling by bicycle to Erfurt; hospitalization; returning home; reunion with his girlfriend; brief arrest on suspicion of being a collaborator; convalescing in a sanatorium; reunion with his brother; completing his education; and continuing activities in support of his socialist ideology. He discusses political issues at length; the importance of keeping his autonomy and help from others to his survival; not sharing his experience with his daughter until she was nineteen; visiting Bergen-Belsen and other sites with her; planning to do the same with his grandson; and learning through archival research that his mother had participated in underground activities.