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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.

L., Felix, 1913-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
February 27, 1984.
Paris (France)
Mende (France)
Colmar (France)
Stargard Szczeciński (Poland)
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.