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Oral history interview with Henry Lauth

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.46 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0046

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Henri Francois Claude Lauth describes growing up in the Toulouse area of France; his family and education; being wounded while he was in the French Army in 1940; being part of the French Resistance around Toulouse from 1940 to 1943; joining a resistance unit; his intelligence gathering role; being imprisoned by the Gestapo in France from July to October 1943; reasons for his arrest; treatment by Gestapo; being sent to Buchenwald in 1943; the train journey; arriving at the camp; German Communist control; selection of inmates to go to Dora and being sent there in October 1943; living conditions during the building of the camp; the shooting of an inmate attempting to obtain a drink of water; camp rations; reasons for not being selected for extermination in the spring of 1944; the discovery of a German agent in the camp; sabotaging V1s at Dora; being arrested by the SS and interrogated; reciting poetry with the mistress of the Gestapo head whilst under interrogation; being sentenced to death and the delay of his execution; the confinement in a bunker and the execution of German Communist inmates; traveling by train to Bergen-Belsen in April 1944; liberation by British troops of Bergen-Belsen; and the interrogation of Josef Kramer, commandant of Bergen-Belsen.

Interviewee
Henry Lauth
Date
1989 June 18  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
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