Nicole H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-825) interviewed by Sue Kollinger and Irving Gadol
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 8, 1986.
- 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.
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.