Raymond D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4280) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Jean-Marie De Becker
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2001
- Interview Date
- April 23, 2001.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Raymond D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4280). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Raymond D., who was born in approximately 1938, an orphan. He recounts being hidden in Brussels in 1942 (he recalls a house, but does not remember with whom he was hiding); being moved to a convent in Borsbeek; transfer to Antwerp, then Malines; release with eleven other children to an Association des juifs de Belgique (AJB) children's home in Vlezenbeek, then to another elsewhere; the Resistance hiding him in a convent in Rixensart; liberation; placement in an AJB home in Aische-en-Rafail; living with a family of survivors who wanted to adopt him; transfer to an AJB home in Lasne-Chapelle-Saint-Lambert for two years; renouncing Judaism and belief in God; transfer to Jewish children's homes in Ronquières, Auderghem, and Brussels; not being allowed to see his “adoptive” family or to be adopted by other families; difficulties in school and with their enforced religion; military service from 1955-1957; changing his surname to one that did not identify him as a Jew; contact with a former Resistance member who tried to assist him to find out who he is; meetings with the children who were with him in Malines; receiving restitution; and marriage. Mr. D. discusses physical and sexual abuse after the war in the children's homes; the “black hole” of his identity; several trips to Israel; depression due to extensive press coverage of the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz; and continuing contact with a person who had been in the AJB homes with him. He shows documents.