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Odette B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2841) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Henri Borlant

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2841

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.

Author/Creator
B., Odette, 1931-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
Interview Date
March 7, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288936
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:16:00
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