Mariette A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2976) interviewed by Jean-Michel Chaumont, Claire Paulus, Yannis Thanassekos, and Rina Margos
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
- Interview Date
- March 25, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mariette A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2976). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mariette A., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1914. She recalls teacher training in Brussels; working against fascism through Communist organizations; marriage to a fellow organizer; hiding organization members including Maurice Thorez; her daughter's birth in 1938; Resistance activities; arrest in May 1943; imprisonment in St. Gilles; transfer to Germany in October; imprisonment in Essen and Mesum; trial in Essen resulting in a four-year prison sentence; transfer to prison in Kreuzburg and Jauer; and escape with two friends with assistance from a Polish civilian. She describes soliciting help from prisoners of war; being fired upon by Hitler Youth; traveling to Plzeň; sabotaging work in a factory in Marklissa until May 8, 1945; encountering Soviet troops; briefly living in an UNRRA camp; returning to Belgium at the end of May; learning her husband had perished; and reunion with her daughter in Switzerland. Mrs. A. discusses relations between different ethnic and socio-economic groups in prisons and her state of mind during this period.