Odette S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2103) interviewed by Josette Zarka
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
- Interview Date
- May 22, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Odette S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2103). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Odette S., who was born in France in 1925 to an affluent family. She recalls helping refugees from central Europe; the outbreak of war; the family's moves to Deauville, Dordogne, and Brive; participating in the scouts; moving to Larche in 1942, thinking it would be safer; three months in Italian-occupied Savoie; arrest with her parents in Larche in 1943; separation from her father (she learned later he was shot); transfer with her mother to Drancy via Périgueux and Paris; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; digging ditches; her mother's death after six weeks; transfer to the Canada Kommando which provided her with extra food and clothing; watching people enter the gas chamber area; transfer to Zschopau; working in a munition factory; trying to sabotage the materials; organizing lectures among the inmates; escaping from a cattle car during evacuation; returning to Zschopau; being hidden by a French prisoner, then a German widow (Mrs. S. arranged her recognition by Yad Vashem); joining other deportees after liberation; traveling to Paris via Saint-Avold; and reunion with her uncle. Mrs. S. discusses friendship, the hierarchy and trying to create some normalcy in the camps, and overcoming her reluctance to have children.