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Colette T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2657) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2657

Videotape testimony of Colette T., who was born in France in 1932. She describes growing up in Rouen in a very assimilated family (she did not realize she was Jewish); her father's service in the French military; fleeing to Agen with her mother and brother after German invasion; learning her father was a prisoner of war; returning to Rouen; shame at having to wear the yellow star; an empathic teacher; arrest with her mother and brother on January 15, 1943 despite their status as family of a war prisoner; deportation to Drancy; transfer to Beaune-la-Rolande; return to Drancy; a rabbi who organized classes, her first knowledge of Judaism; other adults organizing math lessons; deportation in a passenger train to Bergen-Belsen on May 1, 1944; starvation, appells and beatings; learning about Auschwitz from transferred prisoners; evacuation by train; liberation by Soviet troops; and, with her brother, caring for their mother when she had typhus. Mrs. T. discusses intergroup relations and her family relations in the camps.

Author/Creator
T., Colette, 1932-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
January 8, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Colette T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2657). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.