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Lea A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3446) interviewed by Annette Wieviorka, Rachel Wieviorka and Liliane Lacombe,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3446

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.

A., Lea, 1929-
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1996
Interview Date
January 27, 1996.
Berlin (Germany)
Paris (France)
Zurich (Switzerland)
Thun (Switzerland)
Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis, France)
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.
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