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Regina B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3206) interviewed by Claudine Drame and Liliane Lacombe

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3206

Videotape testimony of Regina B., who was born in Magdeburg, Germany in 1920. She recalls her family's emigration to Paris in 1934 due to antisemitism; working for low wages; participation in Hashomer Hatzair; marriage in 1940; German occupation; moving to Toulouse with her family; their return to Paris; her daughter's birth in 1941; hiding with her family in Maisons-Laffitte; her protected status as a POW's wife; arrest in Paris in 1944; refusing to divulge her daughter's location; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau via Drancy; abuse from non-Jewish prisoners; cold, starvation, and degradation; forced labor in the Union Kommando; mutual support from two friends (Simone and Ida); public hanging of the women who provided gunpowder to the men's uprising; death marches with Simone and Ida to Ravensbrück and Neustadt-Glewe; separation from Simone (she never saw her again); receiving food from German prisoners; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with her parents and daughter; her husband's return; and recuperating in Pau. Mrs. B. discusses the importance to her survival of her desire to see her daughter again; sustaining friendships formed in the camps; frequent painful thoughts about her experiences; reluctance to share her experiences with her children and grandchildren; and her husband's reluctance to listen.

Author/Creator
B., Regina, 1920-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
January 14, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Regina B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3206). 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/4291008
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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