Albert H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4045) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Maud Strosberg
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996
- Interview Date
- April 3 and April 22, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betaam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Albert H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4045). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Albert H., who was born in 1920 near Liège, Belgium, an only child. He recounts his grandfather had been a priest and left the orders; 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 tranches; 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.