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Monique B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3208) interviewed by Berthe Burko and Annette Wieviorka

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3208

Videotape testimony of Monique B., who was born in Bogoria, Poland in 1935. She recalls living in Mielec where her father was a kosher slaughterer; German invasion; hiding her father during a round-up of men; fleeing with her family to Bogoria; hiding in a forest with many Jews; escaping a mass killing (her father and siblings were shot); finding her mother; assistance from Polish peasants; hiding with her mother with a Polish family; her mother's murder; being baptized; learning the catechism; being taken to a Jewish orphanage in Łódź by a distant cousin in 1945; relocation of the orphanage to Fublaine and Barbizon in 1946; her uncle locating her in Barbizon; living with him and his wife in Paris; emigrating to Israel with them; returning to France in 1955; marriage; the births of her children; being contacted by her Polish family; and visiting them in 1992. Mrs. B. discusses being very frightened after the war; repressing her memories; being angry with God; suffering when her children reached the age when her experiences occurred; not sharing her experiences with anyone; always feeling alone; and recurring vivid images of her experiences.

Author/Creator
B., Monique, 1935-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
January 24, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Monique B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3208). 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/4291012
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:36:00
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