Edith A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1668) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
- Interview Date
- October 28, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Edith A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1668). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Edith A., who was born in Tverʹ, Russia in 1917. She recalls attending Jewish school in Łódź; attending university in Kraków; antisemitic incidents; studying at the Sorbonne in 1939; her parents' and sister's visit in July 1939; her sister's surgery in Bordeaux; her parents' departure for Poland on August 21, 1939; attempts to return home with her sister; the outbreak of war; contacting her parents via Vienna and Switzerland; German invasion; fleeing from Bordeaux to Biarritz and Bollène with her sister; escaping a round-up in August 1942 with assistance from a physician in Orange; hiding with her sister in Perpignan with assistance from a non-Jew; their arrest and incarceration in Rivesaltes in September; avoiding deportations with assistance from the French doctor who performed her sister's surgery; transfer to Gurs; typing lists of arriving and departing prisoners; sharing bread with her sister; returning to Bollène in April 1943 with assistance from their landlady; liberation by United States troops in August 1944; working as a translator in Marseille; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. A. discusses the importance of her sister to her survival and their continuing sustaining relationship.