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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 participating in a socialist group and demonstrations; contact with Jewish refugees from Germany; military enlistment in 1938; discharge; recall shortly before the May 10, 1940 German invasion; assignments to anti-aircraft units in several locations, ending at Dunkerque; incarceration in two prisoner of war camps; escaping; return to Brussels; joining the Resistance; sympathy for Jews when they were forced to wear the yellow a star; distributing illegal newspapers; an unsuccessful attempt to travel to England via Paris in 1942; recruiting for the Resistance; using false papers; arrest in 1944; incarceration, interrogations, and beatings in St. Gilles; receiving Red Cross packages; train transport with other Resistants in September 1944; abandonment by the Germans the next day; liberation; reunion with his parents; participating in burning the contents of a Rexist bookstore; hospitalization; and employment by the police identifying collaborators. Mr. D. discusses physical and mental health issues resulting from his imprisonment; participating in an organization for ex-political prisoners; and receiving medals for his Resistance work.

Author/Creator
D., Georges, 1920-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
Interview Date
June 29 and 30, July 2 and 5, 1999.
Locale
Germany
Belgium
Brussels (Belgium)
Dunkerque (France)
Paris (France)
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; 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.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6129515
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:30:00
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