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Jacqueline W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2547) intervewed by Edith Bayme and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2547

Videotape testimony of Jacqueline W., who was born in Epinal, France in 1928. She recounts her parents' emigration from Poland; the outbreak of war; her father's enlistment; German invasion; fleeing with her mother, younger sister (Josette), and cousin to unoccupied France; returning to Epinal; antisemitic restrictions; her father's return; her parents hiding Josette with non-Jews in another town; arrest with her father in July 1942; her mother's arrest; separation from her parents (she never saw them again); reunion with Josette; moving to her cousin's home in unoccupied France; attending boarding school in Avignon; staying with her aunt's family near Vichy; finding another hiding place with assistance from her father's friend; posing as a Catholic; traveling to Arles using false papers to get Josette; working in Clermont-Ferrand; liberation in 1944; returning to Epinal; she and Josette seeking their parents in Paris; living in an orphanage; and emigration to the United States in 1945 to join relatives. Mrs. W. discusses strained relations with her relatives; Josette's placement in an orphanage until she could care for her; continuing contacts with many in France who helped save them; psychological scars; writing her memoirs; and recently sharing her story with her children.

W., Jacqueline, 1928-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 9, 1992.
United States
Épinal (France)
Avignon (France)
Arles (France)
Clermont-Ferrand (France)
Paris (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacqueline W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2547). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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