Herman L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4289) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
- Interview Date
- January 21, 2002.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Herman L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4289). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Herman L., a non-Jew, who was born in Tienen, Belgium in 1919. He recalls his father's commitment to Marxism; his parents' divorce when he was thirteen; attending schools and universities in Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, and Cologne; observing persecution of Jews in Germany; his mother assisting Jewish refugees; German invasion; biking to France; encountering his father; going with him to Limoges, Dijon, and Paris; returning to university in Ghent; arrest in 1943 for communist and union activities; imprisonment in Breendonk; meaningless forced labor; being forced to participate in the group beating to death of a Jewish prisoner who was caught escaping; transfer to prison in Huy; improved conditions; punishment when two men he supervised escaped; release; returning to Brussels; marriage; and his postwar career as a prominent librarian.