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August H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4302) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4302

Videotape testimony of August H., a Catholic, who was born in Lebbeke, Belgium in 1921, one of nine children. He recalls attending Catholic schools; fleeing south with one brother during the German invasion; returning home; joining a small cell of the Resistance; providing information about train traffic and schedules; working in a factory in Opwijk; arrest; interrogation in Ghent for a week; deportation with his brother to Bochum; their transfer two months later to a prison in Hameln, then a year later to Gross Strehlitz; forced labor making chalk; separation from his brother upon transfer to Gross-Rosen in November 1944; first experiencing the hardships of a concentration camp; feeling he had lost his humanity; transfer in January 1945; liberation by Soviet troops in April; traveling to Leipzig, then returning to Lebbeke; learning his brother had died in Mauthausen immediately after liberation; and recuperating for a few months in a rest home. Mr. H. discusses nightmares resulting from his experiences and not sharing them with his children so they would not have anxieties.

Author/Creator
H., August, 1921-
Published
Lebbeke, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
Interview Date
March 3, 2002.
Language
Dutch
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
August H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4302). 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/6709359
Record last modified: 2016-04-19 12:19:00
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