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Nicole H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-825) interviewed by Sue Kollinger and Irving Gadol

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-825

Videotape testimony of Nicole H., who was born in 1922 in Warsaw Poland, one of twelve children. She recounts moving to Paris when she was six months old; living in a building for large Jewish families; organized activities for the children, including summer camp in Cauville; antisemitic harassment; moving to Cabourg in 1939; she and a sister returning to Paris a year later; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; working for a non-Jewish doctor; his warning of the June 16, 1942 round-up and hiding her and one sister; joining another sister in Meulan; returning to see her parents; a Catholic neighbor providing false papers for her nephew; traveling with him and a friend to Bordeaux in August 1942 (she never saw her parents or many of her siblings again); illegally entering unoccupied France; obtaining documents from the police using a Catholic friend's birth certificate; traveling to Pau; one sister joining her; moving to Marseille; working for the Resistance; moving to a Catholic home for girls; Allied bombings in spring 1944; moving to Agen; continuing work for the Resistance; liberation in August 1944; returning to Paris; reunion with her aunt, brother, and sister; helping repatriate political prisoners; reunion with a brother who had survived the camps; marriage to a non-Jewish American soldier; and emigration to the United States in December 1946. Ms. H. discusses animosity toward France for not helping more Jews; ceasing to practice Judaism; concealing her Jewish identity from her children; and bitterness over losing thirteen of her immediate family in the Holocaust. She shows photographs, documents, and a book.

Author/Creator
H., Nicole, 1922-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
Interview Date
November 8, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nicole H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-825). 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/4294414
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