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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.

B., Lea, 1931-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 5, 1991.
Paris (France)
Vergonsac (France)
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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