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Fanny S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2162) interviewed by Colette Zumstein and Annette Wieviorka,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2162

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    Videotape testimony of Fanny S., who was born in Paris, France in 1925, one of six children. She describes attending public school; cordial relations with non-Jews; taking care of her two younger siblings; evacuation with her family to Maine-et-Loire and Louroux-Béconnais when the war began; their return to Paris after German occupation in 1940; expulsion from school due to anti-Jewish laws; her youngest brother and sister being hidden by a non-Jew they had met in Louroux-Béconnais; arrest of her mother and two siblings in the Vélodrome d'hiver round-up; neighbors suggesting they hide; her father refusing, wanting to join his wife and younger children; the arresting officer allowing her and her brother to leave; returning home; a friend in the Resistance giving her ration cards; deportation with her brother in May 1943 to Drancy, then to Auschwitz/Birkenau in June; remaining with several friends; learning of the crematoria and that her family had been killed there; assistance from French Resistants; reciting poems and recipes to boost their morale; slave labor constructing roads; transfer with friends to the Canada Kommando in July, then to the Union Kommando in January 1944; receiving extra soup for working the night shift; hearing war news from civilian workers and from Mala Zimetbaum; Zimetbaum's public execution after her escape; a prisoner doctor operating on her which saved her life; public hanging of four women who had stolen gun powder from the Union Kommando which men used to sabotage a crematorium; the death march in January 1945; helping friends who could not walk; transport to Ravensbrück, then Neustadt-Glewe; assistance from French POWs; liberation by Soviet troops; repatriation to Hotel Lutetia in May; her determination to find her sister and brother; assistance from former neighbors; reunion with an uncle in Angers, then with her siblings; staying with the woman who had hidden them, then in a children's home; taking courses; and marriage. Ms. S. discusses many years of nightmares resulting from her experiences; attributing her survival to assistance from friends, privileged assignments, and her desire to see her siblings; solidarity of the French women in camp; and gradually reacquiring her sense of Jewish identity.
    S., Fanny, 1925-
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1991
    Interview Date
    December 21, 1991.
    Paris (France)
    Maine-et-Loire (France)
    Louroux-Béconnais (France)
    Angers (France)
    Cite As
    Fanny S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2162). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zumstein, Colette, interviewer.
    Wieviorka, Annette, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 44 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Concentration camps Revolts.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Brothers and sisters. Forced labor. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Death marches. Prisoners of war--Germany. Orphanages--France. Nightmares. Identification (Religion) France. Paris (France) Maine-et-Loire (France) Louroux-Béconnais (France) Angers (France) Oral histories (document genres) S., Fanny,--1925- Zimetbaum, Mala,--1918-1944. Drancy (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Ravensbrück (Concentration camp) Neustadt-Glewe (Concentration camp) Hotel Lutetia (Paris, France)

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