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Francine E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2583) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Helen W. Silverman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2583

Videotape testimony of Francine E., who was born in Czechoslovakia, in 1929, one of five children. She recalls living in Satu Mare; tones of antisemitism; having to wear the yellow star and expulsion from school in spring 1944; ghettoization; her father obtaining Christian papers for her and her sister and instructing them to go to Budapest; living with family friends; their friend's entry into a Swedish safe house; being refused entry because they had Christian papers; living in hotels; attending church; her sister's employer and his wife offering assistance after learning they were Jewish; living with them; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Satu Mare; recovering jewelry her father had hidden; waiting at the train station for relatives (none returned); their illegal entry into Germany; living in Landshut displaced persons camp; moving to Munich; assistance from the Joint; and emigration to Canada in 1948 and to the United States in 1952. Mrs. E. notes that waiting for family to return was the most painful time for her; difficulties remembering details of her experience; and sharing her experiences with her children when they were older. She shows photographs.

E., Francine, 1929-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 14, 1992.
Satu Mare
Satu Mare (Romania : Județ)
Budapest (Hungary)
Munich (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Francine E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2583). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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