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Paulette G. and Denise B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2170) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2170

Videotape testimony of Paulette G., who was born in Paris, France in 1933. She recalls her mother dressing her and her sister beautifully; German invasion in 1940; her brother's birth; her father's disappearance; humiliation and harassment when wearing the star; learning her father had been killed; her mother arranging to hide her and her sister with a Catholic family in Seiches; their conversion to Catholicism; cessation of payments from their mother (she was deported and killed); arrival of her brother; his placement in an orphanage; hardships due to their hosts' poverty; consolation from Catholicism; liberation in 1944; returning to Paris with their uncle; their placement in a Jewish orphanage in Andrésy; confusion about her religious identity; the traumatic separation from her sister to attend boarding school; and emigration with her sister to the United States in 1949 to live with another uncle. Mrs. G. describes marriage; education; her career; and family. She discusses her religious identity conflicts, and visiting France with her daughter. Denise B. (Mrs. G.'s sister) shows family photographs, notes their difficult relationship with their brother, and her hope that their parents will be remembered.

Author/Creator
G., Paulette, 1933-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
October 15, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paulette G. and Denise B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2170). 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/4286603
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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