Vaillant-Couturier (English)

On three successive days near the end of January 1946, The French Prosecution called seven witnesses who testified about deportation and internment in concentration camps.  On Jan. 28, 1946, French Prosecutor M. Charles Dubost called Madame Claude Vaillan-Courtier as a witness. She was an inmate of the Auschwitz and Ravensbrueck concentration camps. She was deputy in the Constituent Assembly of France and a Knight of the French Legion Of Honor. She distinguished Between Auschwitz and Ravensbrueck, stating that in Auschwitz the aim was extermination, whereas at Ravensbrueck the aim was output in either the munitions or powder factories. She also explained the system of selection for extermination in the camp.

Produced by US Army Signal Corps 1945-1956, housed in National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Digitized and provided by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive.