Marion O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3126) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 9, 1995.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marion O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3126). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marion O., who was born in Andernach, Germany in 1929. She describes anxiety after Hitler came to power in 1933; her father's disbelief that anti-Jewish laws would affect them; attending Jewish school in Cologne in 1936; Kristallnacht; walking with her mother to Aachen; illegally crossing the Belgian border; fleeing with her parents from Malmédy to Brussels, then Luxembourg; German invasion in May 1940; her father's arrest; learning in 1941 that he was in Saint Cyprien; traveling with her mother to Marseille; moving to Aix-en-Provence; her father's visits from Les Milles; hiding with her mother after August 4, 1942 until their denouncement; and her escape from Les Milles with assistance from OSE. Mrs. O. recounts her anguish after separation from her parents (she never saw them again); transfer from OSE headquarters in Marseille to an orphanage in Lectoure; living with relatives in Megève; fleeing to Amiens in August 1943; illegally crossing to Switzerland with assistance from OSE; arrest by Swiss guards; moving from a camp in Champéry to Zurich to her foster family in September 1943; and emigration to the United States in May 1946. She notes her reluctance to discuss her experience, and only recently sharing it with her children.