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Jacqueline F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2996) interviewed by Pascal Majérus and Claire Gausset,

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    Videotape testimony of Jacqueline F., who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1921, an only child. She recalls her family's affluence; close relations with grandparents; emigrating to Strasbourg with her family in April 1933 after her uncle's arrest and torture; moving to Tours in 1934; her father's business success; relatives en route to the United States urging them to leave; her father's refusal; the outbreak of war; incarceration with her family in Gurs as enemy aliens; liberation in 1940; living in Limoges; moving alone to Grenoble; studying law; participating in the communist Resistance; obtaining false papers; her parents joining her; her father's death from illness; imprisonment in Lyon; torture by the Gestapo; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1944; slave labor breaking stones; avoiding selection with help from a communist; hospitalization; a death march in January 1945; transfer to Ravensbrück, then Neustadt/Glewe; a Red Cross visit; liberation; hospitalization; being diagnosed with tuberculosis; repatriation; reunion with her mother in Grenoble; recovering in sanatoria from June 1945 to November 1949; marriage; and her daughter's birth. Mrs. F. notes the importance of help from others, boosting each other's morale, and her Girl Scout experiences to her survival. She contrasts this with the attitude of only helping oneself leading to stealing bread from each other. She reads her poem about Auschwitz/Birkenau.
    F., Jacqueline, 1921-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1993
    Interview Date
    July 9, 1993.
    Cologne (Germany)
    Strasbourg (France)
    Tours (France)
    Limoges (France)
    Lyon (France)
    Grenoble (France)
    Cite As
    Jacqueline F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2996). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Gausset, Claire, interviewer.
    Majérus, Pascal, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 45 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Noncitizens Evacuation and relocation.
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jews--Migrations. Jewish refugees. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France. World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Forced labor. Death marches. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poetry. Germany. Cologne (Germany) Strasbourg (France) Tours (France) Limoges (France) Lyon (France) Grenoble (France) Oral histories (document genres) F., Jacqueline,--1921- Gurs (Concentration camp) Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Ravensbrück (Concentration camp) Neustadt-Glewe (Concentration camp) International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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