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Blanche C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-262) interviewed by Doris Simon,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-262

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    Videotape testimony of Blanche C., who was born in Oster, Russia (presently Ukraine) in 1906, one of six children in a wealthy family. She recalls attending gymnasium; graduating from nursing school; cordial relations with non-Jews; marriage in 1929; traveling with her husband in Italy and France; her brother-in-law's role as an attorney in the Beilis trial; the births of three children; German invasion in 1941; her husband dying of a heart attack when the Germans entered their home; escaping from a mass killing with her two year old daughter (the rest of her family was killed); forced labor in a ghetto; wandering the countryside with her daughter; a religious Christian family hiding them for almost a year; her rescuer connecting her to a partisan group led by her cousin; gathering information for them dressed as a peasant; traveling to Kiev after the war; antisemitic responses to their presence; assistance from the Joint to travel to Italy in 1946; living in a displaced persons camp in Bari; working in Naples; emigrating to the United States in 1948; and devoting her life to her daughter. Ms. C. discusses hoping to find her other children, despite knowing they were dead; deriving purpose for her life from having saved her daughter; and feeling like a "broken person," both physically and due to her moral disappointment in humanity
    C., Blanche, 1906-
    Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
    Interview Date
    June 11, 1982.
    Oster (Ukraine)
    Kiev (Ukraine)
    Bari (Italy)
    Naples (Italy)
    Cite As
    Blanche C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-262). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Simon, Doris, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 29 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Husband Death.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar effects.

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