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Madeleine M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2354) interviewed by Ramona R. W. Kirsch and Mary Ann McCue

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2354

Videotape testimony of Madeleine M., who was born in Paris, France in 1920. She speaks of the German occupation; joining a resistance group in Paris in 1941; hiding British pilots; her arrest in 1943; solitary confinement in a prison on the outskirts of Paris; finding a way to communicate wtih other prisoners; interrogations and beatings; witnessing prisoners condemned to death; transfer to Ravensbrück; the depressing view of the camp and prisoners; interacting with women of different cultures and nationalities; starvation and beatings; receiving packages from the Vatican; inconsistent treatment by the guards; secretly reading a Bible on Sundays with a group of women; stacking dead bodies in the bathroom; the killing of a young French girl by dogs; selections of grey-haired people for killing; women who were used in "medical" experiments; work in a munitions factory; cleaning streets; transfer in cattle cars to Mauthausen; being locked in a barn, waiting for gassing; and liberation by the Red Cross. Ms. M. relates entering Switzerland; people welcoming and helping the survivors; and reunion with her mother in Paris.

Author/Creator
M., Madeleine, 1920-
Published
Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
Interview Date
April 13, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Madeleine M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2354). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.