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Henri I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4307) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4307

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    Videotape testimony of Henri I., a non-Jew, who was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1926. He recounts his father's death when he was four; his mother's remarriage; being raised by his grandparents in Oostakker until he was thirteen, then living with his mother and stepfather in Brussels; fleeing with them to Dunkerque as Germany invaded; returning to Brussels; distributing leaflets for the Resistance; briefly hiding a downed American pilot in their home in spring 1944; arrest with his parents on May 2, 1944; confessing, hoping it would be easier for his parents; imprisonment in St. Gilles; deportation with his stepfather to Schandelah in September; slave labor; helping his stepfather; Soviet prisoners stealing from them; a Hungarian prisoner doctor saving his life; his stepfather's transfer (he never saw him again); transfer in April to Wöbbelin; witnessing cannibalism; liberation by United States troops; repatriation to Brussels via Holland, Louvain, then Aarschot; assistance from the Red Cross; finding no surviving relatives; returning to his grandparents in Oostakker; a two-month hospitalization; and his mother's return. Mr. I. discusses relations between nationalities in the camps. He shows photographs.
    I., Henri, 1926-
    Westende, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
    Interview Date
    June 13, 2002.
    Ghent (Belgium)
    Oostakker (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Dunkerque (France)
    Louvain (Belgium)
    Aarschot (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Henri I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4307). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hemmerijckx, Rik, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Dutch .

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

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