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Alfred B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4189) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4189

Videotape testimony of Alfred B., a non-Jew, who was born in the Schaerbeek section of Brussels, Belgium in 1917. He recalls frequent visits to relatives in Paris and Normandy; attending school, then university, in Brussels; strong anti-Rexist feelings, resulting in active participation in a liberal student group; military enlistment; call-up in 1939; German invasion; capture; transfer to Emmerich; assistance from the Red Cross; forced labor in Alt Garge and Fallingbostel; a German official taking him to his home in Hannover; release; returning home; attending university; working with the resistance; transfer to university in Liege; arrest by the Gestapo in 1942; imprisonment for six months with other students and professors in St. Gilles, then in the Citadelle de Huy; release; returning to Brussels; liberation by British troops; his career as a professor; and active participation in a Huy former prisoners group. Mr. B. discusses knowing during the war about anti-Jewish restrictions, the Association des juifs de Belgique, deportations and the camps, but not about the Nazi extermination policy.

Author/Creator
B., Alfred, 1917-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1998
Interview Date
December 16, 1998.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alfred B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4189). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.