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Adele J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2443) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2443

Videotape testimony of Adele J., who was born in Belgium in 1936, the youngest of three children. She recalls the family's unsuccessful attempt to escape to Switzerland after German invasion in 1940; their internments in Rivesaltes, Brens, and Gurs between 1940-1943; her father working as a carpenter and her mother working in the kitchen in Rivesaltes; her father hiding to escape deportation; being smuggled out of Rivesaltes by the OSE into Switzerland with her siblings and other children in June 1943; three months in a detention camp; and living in a children's home. She describes not recognizing her mother when they were reunited with their parents in Brussels; settling in Antwerp; emigrating to the United States in 1958; and attending a gathering of hidden children. She reflects upon her childhood impression of always being surrounded by wire fences and her yearning for freedom.

Author/Creator
J., Adele, 1936-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
May 21, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Adele J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2443). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.