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Madelyn L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2698) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2698

Videotape testimony of Madelyn L., who was born in Dereczyn, Poland (now Dzi︠a︡rėchyn, Belarus)) in 1933, the seventh of eight children. She describes their poverty; her father's emigration to Paris to obtain a rabbinical position; traveling to join him a few years later (1937); a week's stay in a Berlin convent waiting for their documents from Poland; settling in Paris; German invasion; evacuation to Normandy to avoid bombings; returning to Paris; anti-Jewish restrictions, including wearing the yellow star; her mother's detention in Drancy; her older's sister's efforts to obtain their mother's release; placement with her sister in a foster home where she was cruelly treated; returning to her parents who were hiding in Paris; her mother's continued maintenance of the dietary laws; placement with her younger brother with a French family in Loire; hiding when German soldiers passed through; great affection for her foster family; liberation by United States troops; her mother retrieving them; returning to Paris; living briefly in Nevers to help her widowed sister; and emigration to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Mrs. L. recounts her marriage; raising four children; returning to college; and her siblings' subsequent lives. She shows photographs and documents.

L., Madelyn, 1933-
New York, N. Y. : Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
December 14, 1993.
Dzi︠a︡rėchyn (Belarus)
Berlin (Germany)
Paris (France)
Normandy (France)
Loire (France : Department)
Nevers (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Madelyn L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2698). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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