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Georgette B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-985) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-985

Videotape testimony of Georgette B., who was born in Paris, France in 1929. She tells of her parents' emigration from Poland in 1920; their Jewish, multilingual neighborhood; anti-Semitic incidents after the war began in 1939; her father's enlistment; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; her father's arrest; his incarceration outside of Paris; cessation of letters from him; fleeing to Montfermeil; hiding with a French family; leaving her youngest sister with this family when they escaped to unoccupied France; her mother's difficulty due to her artificial leg; living in Luchons, Bruges and Cette Eygun with false documents; and aid her mother provided to other escaping Jewish youngsters. She recalls her older sister's trip to get her younger sister; several escapes with help from non-Jews, including the mother superior of a convent; returning to Paris after the war; learning of her father's death in a labor camp; and emigration to the United States. Ms. B. discusses the traumatic effect of their war experiences; her family's losses; her French identity; admiration for her mother's strength; relations with her own children and their identities; her constant sadness; and her desire to convey these stories to future generations.

Author/Creator
B., Georgette, 1929-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 10, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Georgette B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-985). 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/1083406
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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