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Yvette B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2672) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2672

Videotape testimony of Yvette B., who was born in France. She describes attending school in Paris; German invasion; her decision, along with her sister, not to declare themselves as Jews; obtaining false papers; joining her family in Lyon; entering the Resistance through Bertie Albrecht; activities in Vitteaux; providing social services for several Resistance groups; coordinating with Resistance leaders (she names many); secret marriage to a Resistance leader; arrest with her husband in January 1943; imprisonment in Blois; torture and interrogations; suffering a stillbirth; transfer to a hospital; escape to Vendôme with help from resistants; re-arrest; transfer to prison in Fresnes, then to Drancy; and deportation to Birkenau. She recalls Simone Veil's arrival; learning her husband had perished; help from other prisoners; forced labor; public hanging of Mala Zimetbaum; the death march to Ravensbrück; transfer to Litoměřice; liberation by Soviet troops; and repatriation via Jena. Mrs. B. discusses the importance of fellow prisoners to her survival; her state of mind in the camps; seeing victims of medical experiments; childbirths in the camps; reluctance to share her experience after the war; her work aiding orphans of deported resistants; and testifying against the people responsible for her arrest (they were shot). She names many people who were involved in French resistance organizations.

Author/Creator
B., Yvette.
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
March 3, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yvette B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2672). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1109443
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