Lea A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3446) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka, Rachel Wieviorka and Liliane Lacombe
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 27, 1996.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lea A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3446). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lea A., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1929. She recounts that her father was Jewish and her mother Christian; their affluence; her father leaving for Paris in January 1933; she and her mother joining him in May; their impoverishment; moving to Saint-Ouen in 1935; her parents opening a restaurant in Paris; attending school; a Jewish organization sending her for summers to a Jewish family in Zurich, then to another in Thun for several years; her parents managing the Bund canteen in Paris; German occupation; feeling excluded when she was told she was not Jewish and did not have to wear the star; her father's arrest and release shortly thereafter; raids on the canteen by German and French police; their landlord helping her father hide the Bund library; leaving school in 1942 to study theater; accompanying her mother when she delivered food and false papers to people in hiding; liberation by United States troops; disillusionment with the Bund; marriage; emigration to Israel in 1948; living on a kibbutz; her husband's death in 1955; and remarriage in 1958. Ms. A. discusses her mother's resistance activities; the importance of her father's optimism to his survival; and sharing her story with her children.