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Roger V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4313) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4313

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Roger V., a Catholic, who was born in Bredene, Belgium in 1920. He recounts moving to Nieuwpoort in 1926; attending a Catholic, then a public school; working in his mother's store; military draft in 1940; service in Ghent for three months; transfer to Montpellier, France; the Nieuwpoort mayor bringing them home; working for the resistance recording truck and car traffic in Ostend to convey to the Allies; obtaining false papers indicating a younger age so he could travel freely; arrest in 1942 for black market activity; release six months later; arrest in April 1944 for resistance activities; imprisonment in Bruges and elsewhere for four months; transfer to Neuengamme; receiving a Red Cross package; transfer four days later to Blumenthal; volunteering as a smith, despite not knowing the skills; a man from Antwerp teaching him the work; relations between national groups; occasional trains of Jews, who were treated more harshly than the political prisoners; a death march to Neuengamme; evacuation to Lübeck; being placed on ships that were bombed; liberation; and repatriation to Nieuwpoort in August 1945. Mr. V. discusses establishing his business; becoming active in politics in his fifties; and speaking about his experiences at schools. He shows photographs and documents.
    Author/Creator
    V., Roger, 1920-
    Published
    Nieuwpoort, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
    Interview Date
    December 16, 2002.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Bredene (Belgium)
    Nieuwpoort (West Flanders, Belgium)
    Ghent (Belgium)
    Montpellier (France)
    Ostend (Belgium)
    Bruges (Belgium)
    Lübeck (Germany)
    Cite As
    Roger V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4313). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hemmerijckx, Rik, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Dutch.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Dutch
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 39 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.
    Mutual aid.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6709495
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
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