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Michele P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3113) interviewed by Toby Axelrod,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3113

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Michele P., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1932. She recalls her orthodox home; she and her brother accompanying their mother to the family store; German occupation; her father's arrest (she never saw him again); being hidden on a farm in Marche-en-Famenne in 1943, posing as a niece; sexual abuse by the grandfather; visiting her mother, who was hidden at a neighboring farm; her mother returning to Brussels to hide (she was denounced and deported); liberation by United States troops; living in an orphanage with her brother; and their emigration to Canada in 1947, and to the United States in 1950. Mrs. P. reflects on reluctance to share her experiences with her children due to her shame at being sexually abused; her wealthy aunt and grandmother who paid for their hiding; her own guilt that her mother was caught; and her lost childhood. She shows photographs and documents.
    Author/Creator
    P., Michele, 1932-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
    Interview Date
    May 23, 1991.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Canada
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Marche-en-Famenne (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Michele P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3113). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Axelrod, Toby, interviewer.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hiding.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290659
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:42:00
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