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Louis H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4047) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Nina Toussaint,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4047

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Louis H., a non-Jew, who was born in Louvain, Belgium in 1919, one of four children. He recounts attending school; working at the University of Louvain; enlisting in the military in 1939; German invasion; retreating to Brussels; capitulation; returning home; joining the Resistance (learning after the war it was directed by Sûreté de l'État); spying on German military construction in Beauvechain; delivering weapons and information to his contacts; denouncement; his family's arrest as hostages; surrendering in March 1941 to obtain their release; incarceration in St. Gilles; interrogations and beatings; transfer to Lübeck, Hamburg, then Charlottenburg; a sham trial; imprisonment in Lehrterstrasse; transfer to Tegel; solitary confinement, except occasionally attending Mass, his only contact with others prisoners, including a Jew; another prisoner giving him wires and telephone parts from which he built a radio receiver; punishment when it was discovered; being forced to make brushes in his cell; sabotaging the process; transfer to Breslau, Neutitschein, then Dachau in September 1944; becoming very weak and ill; liberation by United States troops; Soviet prisoners killing a guard; hospitalization; repatriation to Brussels; assistance from the Red Cross; hospitalization in Anderlecht; a hero's welcome home; marriage in 1949; and the births of three children. Mr. H. discusses relations between national groups in prisons and Dachau; suffering more from isolation than hunger, despite his sense of developing intellectually from the isolation; never fully recovering his health; and nightmares resulting from his experiences.
    Author/Creator
    H., Louis, 1919-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996
    Interview Date
    June 19, 1996.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Louvain (Belgium)
    Beauvechain (Belgium)
    Anderlecht (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Louis H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4047). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Toussaint, Nina, interviewer.
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, 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
    1 videorecording (4 hr., 58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Resistance.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4676665
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:40:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4676665

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