Madeline G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2093) interviewed by Colette Zumstein and Régine Azria
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
- Interview Date
- June 4, 1992.
- 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.
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.