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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3113

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.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michele P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3113). 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/4290659
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:31:00
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