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Lea W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1816) interviewed by Tamar Shushan and Nathan Beyrak,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1816

Videotape testimony of Lea W., who was born in Poland in 1921, and moved to Paris with her family in 1929 due to increasing antisemitism. She recalls active participation in Hashomer Hatzair; German invasion; her boyfriend's incarceration in Pithiviers in 1941; obtaining false documents verifying she was born in France; visiting her boyfriend; assisting him to escape to Toulouse, then their return to Paris; their marriage; moving to Dordogne, fearing discovery in Paris; non-Jews assisting her husband to obtain excellent false documents and local residence registration for them and her parents; moving to Nice; working with the Resistance and Zionist organizations; her daughter's birth in August 1942; working with her husband to save Jewish children; a housekeeper discovering rifles in their house; convincing her they were not terrorists; organizing a group of Jews to move to Italian-occupied territory; disruption of their plan by German soldiers; pretending she was someone else when she was interrogated; her husband's arrest with a friend; her husband's release; and their friend's deportation to Drancy, then Auschwitz (he did not survive). Ms. W. ends her testimony because in spite of having had many more experiences, she believes her story should end with his.

W., Lea, 1921-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
April 8, 1986.
Paris (France)
Toulouse (France)
Dordogne (France)
Nice (France)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lea W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1816). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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