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Stepha S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2828) interviewed by Dorit Welt and Josette Zarka

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2828

Videotape testimony of Stepha S., who was born in Skierniewice, Poland. She recalls her and her family's illegal communist activities; hiding in Łódź to avoid arrest in 1936; fleeing to Paris; living with her uncle's family; her brothers and parents following her; active participation in a communist, Jewish organization (Arbeiter Ring); marriage to a Polish Jew; his mobilization at the outbreak of war in 1939; her daughter's birth; German occupation; increasing anti-Jewish measures; imprisonment of Jewish men at Beaune-La-Rolande, including her husband and brothers; moving to be near her husband; his escape; returning to Paris; avoiding French police round-ups of Jews with assistance from a police chief; hiding with her daughter and friends; working in the Jewish section of the French Communist Party and in the Resistance (Solidarité, FTP-MOI); placing her daughter with caretakers in order to continue her Resistance work; liberation of Paris; and dissolution of the Jewish section of the Communist Party. Mrs. S. notes that two of her three brothers survived concentration camps and her parents survived in hiding. She discusses the organization of the French and Polish communist parties and the French party's wartime alliances and activities. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
S., Stepha.
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
November 26, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stepha S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2828). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288928
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:16:00
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