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Lea B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1870) interviewed by Devorah Mann

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1870

Videotape testimony of Lea B., who was born in Paris, France in 1931 to Polish immigrants. She recalls hearing antisemitic remarks directed at her family; her father serving in the French military when war began in 1939; his return in 1940; his detention in Beaune-la-Rolande in 1941; visiting him; his gifts of hand-carved items; finding he was not there when they visited in 1942; her mother's illness; placement with her brother in a children's home; hiding with her brother when police took all the children and staff in 1943 (no one returned); taking the subway home after everyone had left; her mother sending them with a non-Jewish woman to their aunt in unoccupied France; living with their aunt and uncle in Vergonsac, a remote mountain village; liberation; their return to Paris; learning their mother and father had been deported to Auschwitz (neither returned); continuing to live with their aunt; and emigrating to the United States in 1949 to join another aunt. Ms. B. notes the villagers knew they were Jewish and protected them. She shows photographs and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
B., Lea, 1931-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 5, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lea B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1870). 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/4284934
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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