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Herman L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4289) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4289

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.

Author/Creator
L., Herman, 1919-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
Interview Date
January 21, 2002.
Language
Dutch
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6572504
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:32:00
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