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Mariette A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2976) interviewed by Jean-Michel Chaumont, Claire Paulus, Yannis Thanassekos, and Rina Margos

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2976

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.

Author/Creator
A., Mariette, 1914-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
March 25, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289928
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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