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Alain D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4067) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4067

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    Videotape testimony of Alain D., a non-Jew, who was born in Pâturages, Belgium in 1925. He recalls attending school until 1941; working in a bakery; his older brother escaping to England after receiving a notice for forced labor; arrest in November 1943 in place of his brother; forced labor in Watten for Organisation Todt; observing French and Belgian camp officials and Slavic guards; his friend's shooting on his way to the latrine at night; observing a few Jews, but having no contact with them; increased rations, which they were not allowed to eat, during a Red Cross inspection; release in February 1944, promising not to reveal his experiences; arrest three months later; imprisonment in Mons; forced labor in Samer; and release after his mother died to care for his younger, handicapped brother. Mr. D. discusses brutal treatment of prisoners; not attempting escape, fearing retaliation on his family; having to argue to receive benefits because he was not in the resistance or a political prisoner; and leadership of an organization of deportees after retiring from the police in 1974.
    D., Alain, 1925-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1997
    Interview Date
    February 17, 1997.
    Pâturages (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Alain D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4067). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 41 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.

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