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Odette A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2092) interviewed by Régine Waintrater and Annette Wieviorka

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2092

Videotape testimony of Odette A., who was born in 1914. She recounts completing medical studies in Paris in 1939; working in Montargis; dismissal due to anti-Jewish laws; moving to Nice; organizing a network with her future husband to rescue Jewish children; assistance from OSE, the Joint, the Bishop of Nice, and other church and civic officials; hiding some 450 children; manufacturing false documents; learning her father was hiding and her mother and sister were deported (they did not return); imprisonment; interrogations; transfer to Drancy; and deportation to Birkenau. Dr. A. describes caring for the ill en route; quarantine; working with a Polish staff physician; living with prisoner doctors, nurses, and the Mengele twins; assignment to a "hospital" block; obtaining medication through Canada Kommando workers; sharing extra food; watching Mengele's selections; liquidation of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); transfer to Bergen-Belsen; working in a "hospital"; liberation by English troops; their shock at the conditions; continuing to care for sick prisoners; repatriation to Paris; reunion with her father; recovering in Château-d'Oex, Switzerland; joining her future husband in Nice; and their work for OSE aiding the children they had hidden. Dr. A. vividly details events in concentration camps, relations between prisoners, and her emotional state.

Author/Creator
A., Odette, 1914-1999.
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
May 22, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Odette A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2092). 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/4286363
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