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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4237

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    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.
    B., Marcel, 1926-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2000
    Interview Date
    July 10, 2000.
    Thy-le-Chat̂eau (Belgium)
    Avesnes (France)
    Ardèche (France)
    Lübeck (Germany)
    Neustadt in Holstein (Germany)
    Cite As
    Marcel B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4237). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Weyssow, Daniel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. Betacam SP; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 57 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar effects.

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