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Liliane L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2660) interviewed by Dorit Welt and Henri Borlant

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2660

Videotape testimony of Liliane L., who was born in Paris, France in 1919. She recalls leftist activities; marriage; German invasion; joining the Resistance; arrest in 1941; solitary confinement in Santé; her mother's visit, arranged by a German guard; transfer to La Roquette in March 1942, then Les Tourelles; organized solidarity among the resistants in several camps; escaping with a friend's assistance in December 1943; arrest and incarceration in Drancy; deportation to Birkenau in January; slave labor and selections; assignment to the Union Kommando, providing better food and conditions; a futile attempt to give her sister extra food; public hanging of women who supplied the Sonderkommando with explosives for the October uprising; being sent to the punishment barrack with friends in Auschwitz for sabotage; the death march in January 1945; transport to Ravensbrück; liberation by Soviet troops from Neustadt in May; being cared for by American and British personnel; repatriation to Lille via Hamburg, Holland, and Belgium; and learning in Paris that her parents had not survived. Mrs. L. describes her state of mind and intergroup relations in the camps; examples of solidarity and cruelty, sharing and stealing; and informing her daughter and grandson about these years.

Author/Creator
L., Liliane, 1919-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
June 9, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Liliane L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2660). 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/1109451
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