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Maliette W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-914) interviewed by John Tiebout and Diane Fagelman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-914

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.

Author/Creator
W., Maliette, 1929-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987
Interview Date
March 21, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294612
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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