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Cecile L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2020) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2020

Videotape testimony of Cecile L., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1923. She recalls moving to Antwerp; living in the Jewish quarter; being placed in a Jewish class at school; antisemitism; German invasion; fleeing with her parents to De Panne, then France (Ambleteuse and Calais); returning to Antwerp; arranging for her grandmother to join them by writing a letter to the Belgian queen; living with her mother (her father was in hiding); attending a Jewish teacher training course in Ghent; teaching in a Jewish orphanage in Brussels; anti-Jewish restrictions; hiding with her parents in several places; she and another girl smuggling themselves to Switzerland via France with assistance from a German guard; surrendering to the police in Biel; internment in nine camps, including Bern, Langenbruck, Brissago, and Lucerne; close friendship with a camp leader; several nervous breakdowns; reunion with her parents in Switzerland; returning to Antwerp after the war; studying in Geneva; and emigrating to the United States in 1954. Mrs. L. discusses physical and emotional illnesses arising from her wartime experiences; her activities with Holocaust organizations; and the difficulties Belgian Jews faced in hiding or resisting.

L., Cecile, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 9, 1992.
Berlin (Germany)
Antwerp (Belgium)
De Panne (Belgium)
Ambleteuse (France)
Calais (France)
Ghent (Belgium)
Brussels (Belgium)
Biel (Bern, Switzerland)
Bern (Switzerland)
Langenbruck (Switzerland)
Brissago (Switzerland)
Lucerne (Switzerland)
Geneva (Switzerland)
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Cecile L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT- 2020). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.