Rochelle S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2541) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Bonnie Dwork
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 9, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rochelle S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2541). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rochelle S., who was born in Paris, France in 1931. She recounts her parents' emigration from Poland in 1930; their poverty; her sister's birth in 1938; German invasion in 1940; anti-Jewish measures; hospitalization and a forty-day quarantine for scarlet fever in 1942; cessation of her family's visits; a non-Jewish neighbor visiting; being released to the neighbor, who told her that her family left France; hiding with the neighbor; placement in a convent school; learning Catholic prayers and receiving solace from them; conversion to Catholicism; her neighbor taking her to live with relatives in a village; affectionate relations with her rescuers; attending school; reluctantly leaving when placed in a Jewish children's home after the war; finding family friends in Paris in 1945 who contacted her relatives in the United States; emigration to the United States in 1947; living with an aunt; marriage; and the births of three children. Mrs. S. discusses continuing relations with her rescuers; having always shared her experiences with her family; and learning of her parents' and sister's deportations and deaths from the Klarsfeld directory. She shows photographs.