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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2093

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.

Author/Creator
G., Madeline, 1921-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
June 4, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Madeline G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2093). 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/4286365
Record last modified: 2013-10-18 13:38:00
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