Moussa A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3202) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
- Interview Date
- April 18, 1995.
- 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.
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.