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Marion O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3126) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3126

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.

O., Marion, 1929-
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.