Albert M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4309) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx
- Kessel-Lo, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
- Interview Date
- July 9, 2002.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Albert M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4309). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Albert M., a non-Jew, who was born in Kessel-Lo, Belgium in 1917. He recalls becoming a master tailor; owning his own store; military draft in 1936 for eight months and again during German invasion; capture as a prisoner of war; release after eight weeks; returning home; becoming a Resistance courier; arrest in December 1943; incarceration in Breendonk; never revealing information during torture; starvation and slave labor digging ditches; frequent executions, including his friends; a privileged assignment as a tailor; transfer six months later to Buchenwald, Dora, then Harzungen; crude treatment for infections; sharing tobacco rations with others; a death march; escaping with several others; receiving food from locals; liberation by Soviet troops; transfer to the United States occupied area; repatriation a few days later; and marriage in 1952. Mr. M. recalls losing hope of surviving while at the same time willing himself to survive; persistent health issues resulting from his experiences; leadership roles in former partisan organizations; and sharing his experiences with students in classes in schools and at Breendonk.