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Moussa A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3202) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3202

Videotape testimony of Moussa A., who was born in Damascus, Syria in 1910. He describes childhood in the Jewish section; his mother's death when he was twelve; being raised by his religious grandparents; attending primary school at the Alliance israélite universelle, then a Catholic secondary school; denial of a scholarship to the Ecole de Chartres in France because he was Jewish; obtaining Syrian government funding to study in Paris provided he returned to teach in Syria; discovering his love of theater while in Paris; teaching in Damascus despite his desire to remain in France; becoming a colleague of Jean Gaulmier; the painful departure in 1933 from his father (he never saw him again); studying at the Sorbonne with Gustave Cohen, with whom he later lived; writing for "Le Droit de vivre," the LICA newspaper; an evening with Bernard Lecache, head of LICA; employment as an actor with a traveling company; meeting Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in New York; and returning to France in 1938.

Author/Creator
A., Moussa, 1910-1997.
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
April 18, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moussa A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3202). 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/4291000
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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