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Marcel D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4040) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Yannis Thanassekos

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4040

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.

Author/Creator
D., Marcel, 1920-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995 and 1996
Interview Date
October 25, 1995 and March 11, 1996.
Language
French
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4655700
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