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Fernand V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4247) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Patrice Van Laethem,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4247

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    Videotape testimony of Fernand V., a Catholic, who was born in Ndjoko-Punda, Congo in 1909, one of three children of a Belgian man and a Congolese woman. He recounts his father's death in approximately 1911; his father's family bringing him to Belgium without his mother's permission (he never saw her or his siblings again); living with his father's sister in Uccle; German invasion in World War I; attending school; racist harassment; enlisting as a reserve cavalry officer; studying art; working in a bank and as a newspaper illustrator; marriage in 1937; his daughter's birth; military mobilization; German invasion; Belgian capitulation when his unit was in Bruges; demobilization; returning to Brussels; his son's birth in 1941; joining the underground; denouncement; hiding for two weeks; arrest in February 1943; solitary confinement in St. Gilles until September; receiving packages from his wife, including sketchbooks; drawing constantly; transfer to Essen, Esterwegen, then Bayreuth; forced labor; celebrating Christmas with other Belgians, including priests; transfer to Flossenbürg in March 1945; a privileged assignment drawing for a high-ranking prisoner; encountering Jewish prisoners; hospitalization; abandonment by the Germans; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; repatriation two weeks later; and reunion with his wife and children. Mr. V. discusses his strong faith and optimism; relations between prisoner groups; postwar meetings with other prisoners; not sharing his experiences with his children; visiting German camps with his wife; and the beautification of these sites creating a false impression. Mr. V.'s wife joins him at the end of the testimony and he shows his wartime drawings.
    V., Fernand, 1909-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2000
    Interview Date
    February 9 and February 10, 2000.
    Ndjoko-Punda (Congo)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Uccle (Belgium)
    Bruges (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Fernand V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4247). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Van Laethem, Patrice, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (5 hr., 12 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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