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Sylvie S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2808) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2808

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.

Author/Creator
S., Sylvie, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 17, 1995.
Locale
France
Alsace (France)
Westhoffen (France)
Saint-Amand-Mont-Rond (France)
Bourges (France)
Decize (France)
Language
English
Copies
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.