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Cecile J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2526) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2526

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Cecile J., who was born in Anderlecht , Belgium in 1931, one of three children. She recalls moving to Woluwé-Saint-Pierre; her family's assimilated lifestyle; attending public school; antisemitic insults; vacations in Ostend; German invasion in May 1940; briefly fleeing to Lille; memorizing addresses of relatives in the United States; expulsion from school and wearing the star; round-ups in September 1942; her parents hiding her younger brother in a sanitarium; their arrest in January 1943 when she and her older sister were not home; being hidden by neighbors, then in a hospital; placement on a baron's estate (he was in the underground) in Vonêche, then in a convent in Heverlee; attending school and mass; she and her sister requesting to be baptized; liberation in September 1944; placement with a Jewish family in Brussels; reunion with her brother; placement with her sister in a Jewish orphanage; resuming her Jewish identity; emigration with her siblings to join their relatives in the United States in 1948; and marriage to a French “hidden child” in 1955. Ms. J. discusses using humor to cope with privation in the convent; learning her parents and most of her relatives had been killed in Auschwitz; attending the Hidden Child Conference and an orphanage reunion in 1983; participating in a local Hidden Child group; and visiting Belgium with her children. She shows photographs and documents.
    Author/Creator
    J., Cecile, 1931-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
    Interview Date
    January 21, 1993.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Anderlecht (Belgium)
    Woluwé-Saint-Pierre (Belgium)
    Ostend (Belgium)
    Lille (France)
    Vonêche (Belgium)
    Heverlee (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Cecile J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2526). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rappaport, Naomi, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 20 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287788
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:44:00
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