Madeleine D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-349) interviewed by Toby Lewis
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- August 9, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Madeleine D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-349). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Madeleine D., a Roman Catholic, who was born in Strasbourg, France in approximately 1923. She recounts attending Catholic school; German occupation; relocation with her family to Périgueux for a year; returning home; working for an agency which enabled her to smuggle food, clothes and papers to French and English POWs for the underground; arrest in Saarebourg in 1942 and interrogation by the Gestapo; transfer to Schirmeck a month later; slave labor; the prisoners in her barrack surreptitiously praying at night; hospitalization; a prisoner-doctor smuggling her food; release after signing an agreement not to discuss the camp; returning to Strasbourg; her German boss warning her the Gestapo was watching her; arrest and interrogations twice more (she never revealed anything); hiding; liberation in November 1944; working for the military; helping her former boss obtain travel documents; interrogating an SS whom she had seen commit war crimes; marriage in 1948; and emigration to the United States in 1950. Ms. D. discusses nightmares and health problems resulting from concentration camp imprisonment and her strong faith. She shows her war medals, photographs, and a hand-made rosary from the camp.