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Jacques F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-862) interviewed by Myra Katz and Froma T. Willen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-862

Videotape testimony of Jacques F., who was born in Paris, France in 1938. He reflects upon how few memories he has of his childhood, among them he and his younger sister living with a Catholic family on a farm outside Paris, probably in 1942; the father of the family hiding with Mr. F. and his sister in a ditch and seeing soldiers and dogs; associating with nuns; Allied soldiers parading through town throwing candy; living happily in an OSE home near Normandy from 1946 to 1947 and in Taverny from 1948; and first learning he was Jewish there. He recounts being adopted with his sister by an American couple in 1948; being circumcised then; losing touch with the Catholic family and relatives in Paris; emigration to the United States; and his subsequent life. He describes his decision in 1982 to learn about his early life and the fate of his parents; a French cousin who provided information; visiting the Catholic family with whom he had lived from 1941 to 1946; organizing a child survivors' group; meeting other OSE children at a 1983 survivor gathering; and the emotional impact of discovering his parents' names in Serge Klarsfeld's book, Memorial to the Jews Deported from France.

Author/Creator
F., Jacques, 1938-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1991
Interview Date
November 24, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacques F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-862). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1058018
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:09:00
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