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Marcel B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4237) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Daniel Weyssow

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4237

Videotape testimony of Marcel B., a Catholic, who was born in Thy-le-Chat̂eau, Belgium in 1926, the third of five children. He recounts attending Catholic school; German invasion; fleeing to Avesnes, France; living several months in Ardèche; returning home; working in a monastery; his arrest with thirteen other suspected Resistance members at the monastery; incarceration in Charleroi prison; deportation to a camp; transfer to Blumenthal; separation of Jewish prisoners; forced labor in a submarine factory; brutal beatings and humiliations by kapos; public hanging of two Polish saboteurs; praying frequently; writing to his brother; a death march to Neuengamme; train transfer to Lübeck; transport on prison ships to Neustadt; Allied bombings; liberation; prisoners taking revenge on a kapo; assistance from the Red Cross; hospitalization; returning home; reunion with his family; marriage in 1951; and his daughter's birth. Mr. B. notes maintaining his faith while in the camps; the difficulty of sharing his experiences with his family; nightmares; and visiting Neuengamme with other survivors in 1985.

Author/Creator
B., Marcel, 1926-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2000
Interview Date
July 10, 2000.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. Betacam SP; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marcel B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4237). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6139188
Record last modified: 2013-10-24 13:33:00
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