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Madeline G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2093) interviewed by Colette Zumstein and Régine Azria,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2093

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    Videotape testimony of Madeline G., who was born in Paris, France in 1921. She recalls her older brother's illness and death when she was ten; her younger sister's birth shortly thereafter; caring for the baby (her mother could not due to the impact of her brother's death); marriage in October 1939; her daughter's birth; her mother's death; living with her father in order to care for her sister; moving to Lyon with her husband and daughter, then to Isère; hiding their daughter in a convent; Resistance activities; arrest in Paris with her husband; incarceration in Fresnes; confessing to being Jewish, but not Resistance activities; deportation to Birkenau in May 1944 via Drancy; separation from her husband; singing French songs to raise morale; witnessing a childbirth; the sadistic murder of the newborn by the Germans; transfer to Auschwitz; a death march to Gleiwitz; transfer to Ravensbrück, Malchow, Schönefeld, and a hospital; liberation; returning to Paris; reunion with her husband at Hotel Lutetia; retrieving their daughter (her father and sister did not survive); and living in the Ardèche. Mrs. G. discusses the importance of friends and helping each other to survival; relations between national groups in the camps; losing faith in God due to her experiences; her daughter's suicide; the impossibility of truly conveying her experiences; her and her husband's loss of joy in living; and her younger daughter's reluctance to share her parents' experiences with her children.
    G., Madeline, 1921-
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
    Interview Date
    June 4, 1992.
    Paris (France)
    Lyon (France)
    Isère (France)
    Ardèche (France)
    Cite As
    Madeline G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2093). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zumstein, Colette, interviewer.
    Azria, Régine, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.
    Related material: Jacques G. Holocaust testimony [husband] (HVT-3134), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 41 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Childbirth in concentration camps.

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