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Valery W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4060) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Maud Strosberg,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4060

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Valery W., a non-Jew, who was born in Les Deux-Acren, Belgium in 1919. He recalls working at a power station; military service; German invasion; being sent to several locations ending at Bagnols-sur-Cèze; training with French military in a nearby village; attack by German planes; capture; internment in a prisoner of war camp with his unit and French units; release; returning home; resuming his job; spontaneously sabotaging German communications lines with friends; organizing other sabotage; printing a Resistance publication in Lessines; blowing up railroad tracks, trains, and locks; liaising among several groups; betrayal and arrest in 1944; imprisonment in Oudenaarde, then Ghent; never divulging information despite beatings during interrogations; transfer in July to Bourg Leopold; receiving food nightly from the local Red Cross; escaping with others; liberation by United States troops; returning home; learning his father had perished; re-enlisting in the military; and serving until 1947. Mr. W. discusses not sharing his experiences and continuing nightmares due to his experiences.
    Author/Creator
    W., Valery, 1919-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996
    Interview Date
    May 20 and June 5, 1996.
    Locale
    Belgium
    France
    Les Deux-Acren (Belgium)
    Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France)
    Lessines (Belgium)
    Oudenaarde (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Valery W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4060). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, 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 (4 hr., 58 min. and 3 hr., 40 min) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4676816
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:26:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4676816

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