German Jewish civilian in Bottrop, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium, 1928-1940; civilian in Seyre and La Hille, France, 1940-1944; served with French Resistance, 1944; private served with 4th Moroccan Mountain Div, Free French Army, in France and Austria, 1944-1945
REEL 1 Background in Bottrop, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium, 1928-1940: family; experiences of anti-Semitism including events during Kristallnacht, 9-10/11/1938; loss of family business; emigration to Brussels, 2/1939; accommodation in children's homes; air raids following outbreak of war, 10/5/1940; departure and walk to station, 14/5/1940; reactions to situation; description of train journey south to Seyre near Toulouse. Aspects of period as civilian in Seyre and La Hille, France, 1940-1944: initial accommodation; rations and conditions; relationship with civilians; sleeping arrangements; activities and health of children; visit of Swiss Red Cross and move into Chateaux de la Hille.
REEL 2 Continues: conditions in Chateaux; listening to BBC Radio; education; work undertaken and rations received; arrest and transportation of children over sixteen to Le Vernet, 8/1942; earlier emigration of children to US; rescue of children by Swiss Red Cross from Le Vernet; organisation of escape attempts of older children; period living in woods; joining of resistance. Aspects of period as civilian with French Resistance, 1944: details of unit; activities with unit including theft of cigarettes.
REEL 3 Continues: occupation of Lavelanet and items taken from town; reactions to situation; story of attack from German troops; activities following Allied landings in Southern France, 15/8/1944; killings in Rimond; towns liberated by unit; joining of French Army. Aspects of period as private with 4th Moroccan Mountain Div, Free French Army, in France and Austria, 1944-1945: uniforms and weapons issued; details of unit; translation duties; demobilisation. Aspects of period as civilian in Belgium and US from 1945: fates of family members; return to Brussels; settling into civilian life; radio engineer training in US; reason for move to GB; murders committed by resistance; story of return to Bottrop; discussion of Jewish resistance fighters.