Annette M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2223) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- November 3, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Annette M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2223). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Annette M., who was born in Paris, France to Polish immigrants in 1933. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; their Jewish neighborhood (the Marais); German invasion; evacuation from Paris for two months with her younger sister; her youngest sister's birth; her two older brothers' arrest and deportation in July 1942, followed by her father's; her mother's friendship with a social worker who located a home for the three sisters in Brittany; returning to Paris when their Judaism was discovered; staying in another village; being retrieved by their mother due to poor food and sanitation; her mother hiding the two older girls outside of Paris during a round-up; being placed with a family in Ménestreau with her baby sister (her other sister lived next door); her mother's visits; attending Church and school; war's end (neither her parents nor brothers survived); returning to Paris with her sisters; their status as "orphans of France"; their adoption; attending boarding schools in Monthléry and Saint-Germain-en-Laye; and emigration to the United States in 1957. Ms. M. discusses her continuing warm relationship with the social worker who saved her and her sisters, as well as over 150 other children and with her foster family in Ménestreau; her wonderful adopted parents; and her sisters' conversion to Christianity.