Jeannine A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2573) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 18,1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jeannine A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2573). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jeannine A., who was born in Paris, France in 1932. She recalls the outbreak of war; her father's military draft; moving, with her mother and brother, to Avignon to join her father when he was decommissioned; being told not to reveal they were Jewish; assuming a false name; their parents placing them with a Catholic woman in Saint-Geniez-d'Olt, who was unaware they were Jewish; participating in Catholic services; attending public school; returning to their parents when the daughter suspected they were Jews; meeting their infant brother; their parents placing them in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon; extreme cold and hunger; reunion with their mother in August 1944; returning to Avignon; learning her father had been deported to Auschwitz (he never returned); returning to Paris; conflict with her mother over their desire to remain Catholic; joining Hashomer Hatzair; and her mother's violent reaction to an antisemitic remark. Mrs. A. recounts marriage to an American; a brief visit to Germany; emigration to the United States; the births of her children; attachment to French culture; a visit to Saint-Geniez-d'Olt; sharing her experiences with her children; disgust with Holocaust deniers; attending the Hidden Children's conference; and resenting her childhood experiences.