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Celine P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2537) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2537

Videotape testimony of Celine P., who was born in Zgierz, Poland, one of four children. She recalls her family's affluence; visiting relatives in Warsaw; a close and large extended family; attending a Polish school; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in September 1939; her father's flight east; exemption from deportation due to an uncle sending foreign visas to her, her mother, and siblings; assistance from a former nanny who worked for the Gestapo; transport to Belgium via Berlin; reunion with their uncle who had arranged their emigration; traveling to Paris where "everything was back to normal"; moving to Montrabé; attending a Catholic school; German invasion; her mother's death from cancer in June 1942; placement in a convent with assistance from her uncle's associate; a Jewish organization supplying them with false papers; their transfer to northern France in 1944; living in a home for children whose families had tuberculosis; liberation by United States troops in August 1944; returning to Paris; resuming her studies; difficulties concentrating after confirmation of her father's death; emigration to the United States in 1952; and marriage in 1958. Ms. P. notes many kind French people to whom she attributes her and her family's survival; receiving letters from her father until December 1940; continuing contact with her nanny; and visiting Poland in 1989.

Author/Creator
P., Celine, 1928-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
February 16, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Celine P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2537). 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/4287829
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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