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Albert H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4045) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Maud Strosberg,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4045

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Albert H., who was born in 1920 near Li├Ęge, Belgium, an only child. He recounts that his grandfather had been a priest but left the order; his father's union activities; German invasion in May 1940; military draft; serving in Charleroi; evacuation to Boulogne-sur-Mer; capture as a prisoner of war; release after a few weeks; marriage; his son's birth in January 1942; joining the Resistance; heading a clandestine press; hiding; living apart from his family in order not to endanger them; committing acts of sabotage; arrest in November 1943; imprisonment and torture; refusing to admit anything; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in winter 1944; harsh conditions including lice, cold, and sleep deprivation; transfer a month later to a very small camp; slave labor constructing cement blocks and digging trenches; escaping with two friends; liberation by Canadian troops days later; repatriation; and recuperating for four months. Mr. H. notes he has nightmares resulting from his experiences.
    Author/Creator
    H., Albert, 1920-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996
    Interview Date
    April 3 and April 22, 1996.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Germany
    Charleroi (Belgium)
    Boulogne-sur-Mer (France)
    Cite As
    Albert H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4045). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Strosberg, Maud, 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
    2 videorecordings (2 hr., 36 min. and 3 hr., 31 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hiding.
    Resistance.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4676650
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 12:03:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4676650

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