August H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4302) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx
- Lebbeke, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
- Interview Date
- March 3, 2002.
- 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.
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.