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Hubert D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4272) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Patrice Van Laethem,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4272

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    Videotape testimony of Hubert D., a non-Jew, who was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1922. He recounts his parents' divorce shortly after his birth; placement in a foster home for twelve years, then with his father and paternal grandmother, both of whom were abusive; running away to his foster mother; placement with his biological mother; apprenticing as a butcher; working from age fifteen; German invasion; becoming unemployed; volunteering for work in Germany in early 1941; placement in Flensburg; returning to Belgium a few months later; returning to work in Germany in 1942; assignment to a meat factory; arrest for sabotage in 1943; forced labor in a prison; deportation to Auschwitz; a friend arranging his job as a butcher; befriending other prisoners, including Jews; organizing extra food; public hanging of Poles who had attempted to escape; he and his friend being beaten repeatedly when caught smuggling food; the wind carrying the odor of the Birkenau crematoria to Auschwitz; losing all faith in God; observing Jews praying in another barrack; a death march, train and ship transport to Mathausen, then Melk the next day; slave labor digging trenches; transfer about a month later to Ebensee; liberation by United States troops; repatriation to Ghent via Brussels; enlisting in the army; and serving for fifteen months. Mr. D. discusses relations between prisoner groups; focusing only on the present in the camps; and the importance of help from others to his survival.
    D., Hubert, 1922-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2000
    Interview Date
    October 23 and 26, 2000.
    Ghent (Belgium)
    Flensburg (Germany)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Hubert D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4272). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Van Laethem, Patrice, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Dutch.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (5 hr., 10 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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