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

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    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.
    B., Yvette.
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
    Interview Date
    March 3, 1993.
    Paris (France)
    Lyon (France)
    Vitteaux (France : Canton)
    Blois (France)
    Vendôme (France)
    Jena (Germany)
    Cite As
    Yvette B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2672). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zarka, Josette, interviewer.
    Borlant, Henri, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 48 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Childbirth in prisons.
    False papers.
    Husband Death.
    Childbirth in concentration camps.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Escapes. Husband and wife. Forced labor. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Human experimentation in medicine. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. France. Paris (France) Lyon (France) Vitteaux (France : Canton) Blois (France) Vendôme (France) Jena (Germany) Oral histories (document genres) Death marches. B., Yvette. Albrecht, Berty,--1893-1943. Veil, Simone. Aubrac, Lucie,--1912- Samuel, Raymond. Zimetbaum, Mala,--1918-1944. Frenay, Henri,--1905- Lévy, Jean-Pierre. Centre pénitentiaire de Fresnes. Drancy (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Ravensbrück (Concentration camp) Litoměřice (Concentration camp)

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