Monique W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2220) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- October 29, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Monique W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2220). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Monique W., who was born in Paris, France in 1934, one of four children. She recounts living in Villiers-sur-Marne; German invasion; her parents' arrest by the French police (they perished in Auschwitz); living with her grandmother in Paris; being shunned by children in school when wearing the yellow star; she and her siblings being placed in an OSE children's home; her youngest brother's transfer; hiding during round-ups; transfer to a non-Jewish foster family in Saint-Christophe-du-Bois; her siblings living with different families there; baptism as a Catholic; her foster mother informing an investigator seeking Jewish children that the town was too Catholic for that; liberation by United States troops; placement with all three siblings in a Jewish orphanage run by Eclaireurs israélites in Jouy-en-Josas; attending high school in Versailles; the home's transfer to a Rothschild chateau; visits with her grandparents; clandestine visits to church; the home organizers gradually returning them to Judaism; and emigration to the United States in 1964. Ms. W. discusses the good care in her foster home and in the children's home after the war; sharing her story with her children; and finally comprehending her parents' fate only when her own children were born. She shows photographs.