Denise W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2089) interviewed by Claudine Drame and Régine Waintrater
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
- Interview Date
- June 6, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Denise W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2089). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Denise W., who was born in Paris. She recalls her parents were both from Poland; being sent to boarding school in Les Sables-d'Olonne after the outbreak of war; returning to Paris; her father's deportation; fleeing with her mother, grandmother, and brother to Nice; living in Aix-les-Bains; hiding in the mountains during a round-up; returning to Aix-les-Bains; arrest with her family; incarceration in Drancy; deportation to Birkenau; separation from her mother; being protected by the Czech head of her block; her mother's last visit; sorting clothes and luggage near the gas chambers; frequent illnesses; assistance from a French nurse; the death march to Ravensbrück; transfer to Malchow; evacuation; disappearance of the guards; traveling with the Soviet troops; returning to France; finding the French nurse who had helped her in camp; reunion with her father; learning her mother, grandmother, and brother had perished; and resuming school. Mrs. W. discusses reluctance to share her war experiences with her children and grandchildren; postwar depressions; and attribution of her survival to the hope of seeing her mother again.