Yvette L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2105) interviewed by Dorit Welt and Régine Azria
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
- Interview Date
- May 27, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Yvette L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2105). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Yvette L., who was born in 1926. She recalls German invasion of Paris; fleeing with her parents and grandmother to Candé; returning to Paris; anti-Jewish restrictions including wearing the star; going to Noisy-le-Sec with the Scouts to help families whose husbands were deported; Allied bombings; working in a Jewish orphanage; deportation of the entire orphanage to Drancy; interrogations during which she said her parents were dead; deportation to Birkenau; dehumanization, lack of privacy, and selections; difficulties with non-French prisoners; the solidarity of her Scout group which helped maintain morale; assistance from her friends when she was sick; slave labor in Auschwitz; transfer to Kratzau; working in a munitions factory; disappearance of the guards; and arrival of Soviet troops. Mrs. L. describes futile attempts seeking assistance; traveling with her group of twenty to Plzěn; assistance from the Czechs; Red Cross assistance in Longuyon; traveling to Paris; and reunion with her mother. She discusses women who gave birth in concentration camps; her continuing nightmares; maintaining Jewish traditions out of respect for her parents; her loss of belief in God due to war experiences; and visiting the camps, once with fellow survivors and again with her daughter.