Madeleine M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2354) interviewed by Ramona R. W. Kirsch and Mary Ann McCue
- Kansas City, Mo. : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc., 1994
- Interview Date
- April 13, 1994.
- 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.
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.