Hugh J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4257) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2003
- Interview Date
- June 3, 2003.
- 3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hugh J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4257). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hugh J., who was born in Leicester, England in 1916. He relates being a pacifist; assignment to agricultural work as a conscientious objector; volunteering for relief work with the Friends Service Committee; assignment to a team of twelve in continental Europe; driving a truck; being sent to Bergen-Belsen shortly after its liberation; shock at seeing corpses everywhere and the debilitated state of some prisoners; first bringing the children to a nearby hospital camp, then the other prisoners, the healthiest first since they had the best chance of surviving; driving his truck around the area to harvest crops to provide food; group meetings every night to plan their next day's tasks; the dynamic leadership of Jane Leverson; leaving Belsen after the concentration camp was burned; and running a displaced persons camp in Braunschwieg for Polish refugees. Mr. J. discusses his lifelong commitment to pacifism; writing his autobiography, two chapters of which cover his Belsen experience; meeting his wife in France; and working for the Friends Service Committee in the United States.