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Monique W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2220) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2220

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.

W., Monique, 1934-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
October 29, 1992.
Paris (France)
Versailles (France)
Villiers-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne, France)
Saint-Christophe-du-Bois (France)
Jouy-en-Josas (France)
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.