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Sam F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4274) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4274

Videotape testimony of Sam F., a Protestant, who was born in Piétrebais, Belgium in 1918. He recounts that his parents were very religious; working in their market; military draft in 1939; German invasion; demobilization; continuing to work for his father; moving to Brussels to avoid forced labor; sending packages to Belgian POWs in Germany; arrest in June 1944; incarceration in Charleroi prison; deportation to Buchenwald in August; transfer several weeks later to Blankenburg; slave labor in construction; frequent deaths and starvation; a death march to Magdeburg; a mass killing of prisoners; liberation; transfer by the Red Cross to Lübeck, then to a hospital in Trelleborg, Sweden, and then to Ulricehamn; surgery; repatriation to his parents' home; marriage in 1946; and the births of two children. Mr. F. discusses developing faith in God while in camp; nightmares resulting from his experiences; and receiving reparations for permanent injuries.

Author/Creator
F., Sam, 1918-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2000
Interview Date
December 18, 2000.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sam F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4274). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.