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Jeanne A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2636) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2636

Videotape testimony of Jeanne A., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1931. She recalls living in Laufenselden; moving when she was in kindergarten; her family's emigration to Scheveningen, Holland (her grandparents lived there) due to her father's sense that they should "get out"; moving to Paris in 1938; the outbreak of war in September 1939; her father's detention as an "enemy alien"; his release and brief service in the French military; German invasion; her father's internment at a camp near Lyon; moving with her mother to that area; her father's escape; joining him in Lyon; returning to Paris to obtain United States visas; traveling to Marseille; breaking her leg which prevented them from emigrating to the United States; obtaining false papers; traveling to Casablanca; emigrating to Cuba via Jamaica on a Portuguese ship; meeting her uncle on board (he had been in Theresienstadt); interrogation by British officials in Jamaica; living in Havana's large, cosmopolitan Jewish community; emigrating to the United States in 1946; marriage; and moving to India. Mrs. A. discusses visiting Germany in 1954 and 1980; her growing sense of Jewish identity; and belief that her family's survival was predestined. She shows photographs and documents.

A., Jeanne, 1931-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
September 1, 1993.
Berlin (Germany)
Laufenselden (Germany)
Scheveningen (Netherlands)
Paris (France)
Lyon (France)
Marseille (France)
Casablanca (Morocco)
Havana (Cuba)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jeanne A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2636). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.