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Alfred C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4236) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Daniel Weyssow,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4236

Videotape testimony of Alfred C., a non-Jew, who was born in Ciply, Belgium in 1921, the oldest of three children. He recounts attending school in Mons; working as a butcher to support his family; German invasion; fleeing to Marseille; returning home; working at a slaughterhouse in La Louvière; his father's death in December 1940; hiding with friends in Frameries to avoid compulsory labor; arrest; imprisonment in Mons; transfer to Watten; slave labor for Organization Todt; escape; returning home; hiding in Brussels; joining the underground; obtaining false papers; living in Braine-le-Comte; destroying trains, power plants, and executing collaborators; arrest; incarceration in St. Gilles; interrogation and torture; deportation to Neuengamme in August 1944; transfer to Deutsche Werft, Hamburg; volunteering to join a friend who was a welder; a beating and transfer to a live bomb removal unit after it was recognized he did not know how to weld; reassignment peeling potatoes and sharing peels with friends; French prisoners of war leaving extra food; being wounded in a bombing; hospitalization in Neuengamme; transfer to Sandbostel; liberation by British troops; repatriation with assistance from the Red Cross; marriage; and divorce. Mr. C. discusses constant terror in the camps; identifying collaborators after the war; visiting Neuengamme and Sandbostel; sharing his experiences with his children; speaking at schools; and attributing his survival to luck and help from friends.

Author/Creator
C., Alfred, 1921-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
Interview Date
September 29 and 30, and October 5, 1999.
Locale
Belgium
Germany
France
Ciply (Belgium)
Mons (Belgium)
Marseille (France)
La Louvière (Belgium)
Frameries (Belgium)
Brussels (Belgium)
Braine-le-Comte (Belgium)
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alfred C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4236). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.