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Georges D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4231) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4231

Videotape testimony of Georges D., a Catholic, who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1920, one of three children. He recounts his father's service in World War I; attending school in St. Gilles; his sister's marriage in 1927; participating in a socialist group; participating in demonstrations; contact with Jewish refugees from Germany; enlisting in the military in 1938; military discharge; draft; German invasion; defending from German air attacks in St. Trond; traveling to Nieuwpoort, then Dunkerque; incarceration in a POW camp in Diessen; transfer to St. Denij-Westrem; escaping; returning to Brussels; joining the underground; his sympathy for Jews forced to wear a star; distributing illegal newspapers; an unsuccessful attempt to travel to England via Paris in 1942; recruiting for the Mouvement National Belge; using false papers; arrest in 1944; incarceration, interrogations, and beatings in St.Gilles; terrible conditions; receiving Red Cross packages; truck and train transport; abandonment by the Germans; liberation; reunion with his parents; learning his mother had been arrested too; participating in the burning of a Rexist bookstore's books; hospitalization; and working for the police locating collaborators. Mr. D. notes suffering health problems after the war; participating in a political prisoner organization; and receiving decorations for his service in the resistance.

Author/Creator
D., Georges, 1920-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
Interview Date
July 5, 1999.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Georges D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4231). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.