Sylvie S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2808) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- March 17, 1995.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sylvie S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2808). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sylvie S., who was born in Westhoffen, France in 1924. She speaks of her family's strong sense of French identity; her father's concern when the Nazis came to power; fleeing with her family from Westhoffen in June 1940; spending a night in Decize; settling in Saint-Amand; her uncle's and older sister's involvement in Jewish organizations; and implementation of anti-Jewish restrictions. Mrs. S. remembers escorting Jewish children with false papers on a train; round-ups of Jews who were deported; avoiding deportation with assistance from local people; Saint-Amand's brief liberation by the Maquis and a German counteraction; learning her uncle was killed by the Germans; imprisonment of all Jews from Saint-Amand (with her mother and sister) in Bourges; the removal of eight women; returning to Saint-Amand after they were released; locating her older sister; and liberation by United States troops. She relates learning of the mass killings of those who had been removed from the prison in Bourges; attending their funeral; returning to Westhoffen; studying in Strasbourg; emigration to the United States in 1947; and her extended family's war experiences. She shows photographs and a document dealing with the mass killing of the Bourges prisoners.