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Felix L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-242) interviewed by Batik Woller and Rissa Mentkow

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-242

Videotape testimony of Felix L., who was born in Paris in 1913. He tells of being drafted into the French army in 1936, where he served as a dentist; prewar relations between Germany and France; his marriage in 1939; the outbreak of the war, upon which he was sent with his unit to the German border; and his experience as a Jew in the French army. He relates his refusal to step forward as a Jew when, after the German capture of his unit, the Jews were removed, never to be seen again. Mr. L. recounts his transfer to Colmar, then to a POW camp in Stargard, Germany (now Poland), where he again served as a camp dentist; his escape after two and a half years, largely due to the aid of a German watchman; and his circuitous return to Paris. He recalls his reunion with his wife and seeing his two-year-old son for the first time; their escape to Mende, in the south of France, where they stayed, with the help of false papers, until the end of the war; their postwar return to Paris; and emigration to the United States in 1946. Mr. L. also speaks of his initial difficulties in the United States, where he was unable to resume his dental career.

Author/Creator
L., Felix, 1913-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
February 27, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Felix L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-242). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.