Maliette W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-914) interviewed by John Tiebout and Diane Fagelman
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987
- Interview Date
- March 21, 1987.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Maliette W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-914). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Maliette W., who was born in Strasbourg, France in 1929, one of two children of Polish émigrés. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; visiting her grandmother in Poland and other relatives in Germany; attending a French school; vacationing with relatives, but without her father, in Paris-Plage when the war broke out; her father bringing a few possessions from Strasbourg after its ordered evacuation; moving to Vichy; attending school; her relatives leaving for Spain; her family's departure for Marseille; obtaining visas to Martinique; interdiction of their ship by the British (they thought there were spies on board); placement of the women and children in Port of Spain, Trinidad; reunion with her father when they were released several months later; obtaining visas for Mexico; quarantine in Panama City; settling in Mexico City; feeling welcomed as a refugee in Mexico; marriage at eighteen; and emigration to the United States. Ms. W. discusses her parents' futile attempts during the war to save relatives and to recover family paintings after the war; her close relationship with her sister; emotional issues resulting from her experiences; and not discussing them. She shows documents and religious objects her father had brought from Poland.