Vivette S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2656) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka and Josette Zarka
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
- Interview Date
- January 7, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Vivette S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2656). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Vivette S., who was born in Paris, France in 1919. She recalls her family life with its secular, socialist and French emphases; participating in the Front Populaire, including traveling to Spain; German invasion in May 1940; fleeing to Orléans, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and Vichy; attending university in Toulouse; joining her family in Cannes in 1941; learning about OSE in Montpellier; working for OSE in Rivesaltes rescuing children; a Hanukkah celebration there; leaving in June 1942, having rescued more than 400 children; marriage to the OSE director in Marseille in October; moving to Limoges in March 1943; working for UGIF; her daughter's birth in July; her father's deportation (he did not return); living in Chambéry using false papers; assisting the Resistance; her husband's arrest; fleeing to Lyon after leaving her daughter with a priest; her husband's escape from a deportee train; hiding with him in Paris, Valence, and Aix-en-Provence; liberation; and directing the OSE office in Chambéry, reuniting hidden children with surviving parents. Mrs. S. discusses rescue operations; the effect of separating children from their parents; her French identity; 'holes' in her memory (a protective mechanism); organizing the OSE archives since 1983; and focusing on positive aspects of her experience with her children.