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Germain C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3009) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3009

Videotape testimony of Germain C., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1914. She recalls attending French high school; cordial relations with non-Jews; marriage; ghettoization after German invasion; obtaining false papers and a place to live in Athens from a non-Jewish friend; staying briefly in a monastery; sending her children to a Catholic school; her husband's arrest after denunciation by a former neighbor from Thessalonikē; his revealing her location under torture in such a way as not to compromise their children's location; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau with her husband, sister, and sister's family; separation upon arrival (she never saw her husband again); good relations between French, Greek, and Russian prisoners; transfer to Bergen-Belsen, then Raguhn; slave labor; liberation in Theresienstadt by Soviet troops; repatriation in October 1945; reunion with her children (they did not recognize her); returning to Thessalonikē; reunion with her parents (they had been hidden); and obtaining her property and debts owed to her husband. Mrs. C. discusses the importance to her survival of the hope of seeing her children again; their adaption to her return; and recognition by the Jewish community of the non-Jews who helped her and hid the children.

Author/Creator
C., Germain, 1914-
Published
Athens, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
December 5, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Germain C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3009). 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/4290064
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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