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Israel H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4238) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Daniel Weyssow

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4238

Videotape testimony of Israel H., who was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1922, one of three children of Polish émigrés. He recounts moving to Liège in 1924, then to Brussels in 1934; his very happy childhood; attending public school; his bar mitzvah; German invasion; an aborted attempt to flee south; anti-Jewish restrictions; he and his family choosing not to wear the yellow star; hiding with a non-Jewish family in Liège; his parents and siblings hiding in Brussels; attending university using false papers; his non-Jewish aunt delivering packages from his parents; denouncement; incarceration in Citadelle de Liège; transfer to Malines; a privileged position as a shower attendant due to his fluent German; convincing a camp official to release friends from deportation; one sister's arrival; arranging her escape from a deportation train; assisting those entering the deportation trains; hiding the list of deportations; liberation by British troops; walking to Vilvoorde; reunion with his family in Brussels; and providing the Malines deportation list to officials. Mr. H. discusses his parents' moving to São Paulo, Brazil, fearing a recurrence of the Holocaust; joining them; his daughter's birth; not sharing his experiences with his daughter; and visiting Malines, Auschwitz, and his grandfather's street in Kraków.

Author/Creator
H., Israel, 1922-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
Interview Date
November 8, 9, and 10, 1999.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Israel H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4238). 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/6139196
Record last modified: 2016-04-11 13:22:00
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