Odette B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2841) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
- Interview Date
- March 7, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Odette B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2841). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Odette B., who was born in Paris, France in 1931, one of nine children. She recalls celebrating Jewish holidays with her grandparents; evacuation by the Red Cross in August 1939 because of impending war; her sister's birth in Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay on September 1; her mother arranging their baptism for protection (they still felt they were Jewish), which did not help; deportation of her father, two older brothers, and sister in July 1942; learning her grandparents were deported from Paris; her mother's illnesses; caring for the family; with help from non-Jews, traveling to Chantesse via Angers after their denouncement; receiving false papers; traveling to Paris in 1943 when it became dangerous to stay; hiding in an apartment; returning to their former apartment; liberation; and her brother Henri's return from a concentration camp. Ms. B. discusses her mother's warnings not to ask him about his experiences; having no knowledge of the camps and killings until after the war; the importance to their survival of her mother's psychological strength; and her lost childhood.