Madelyn L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2698) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N. Y. : Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- December 14, 1993.
- 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.
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.