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Paulette W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1732) interviewed by Brenda Stiefel and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1732

Videotape testimony of Paulette W., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1934. She recalls a happy childhood; German invasion in May 1940; fleeing with her parents to Toulouse; living in a refugee camp; joining relatives near Pau; her father's incarceration in a labor camp; his visit in 1942; being hidden in several places by a Jewish organization; her brother's birth in 1943; being hidden in a convent; her mother working for farmers nearby; assistance from teachers who were partisans; not knowing she was Jewish; her father retrieving her after the war in May 1945; returning with her parents and brother to Antwerp; feeling privileged to have survived as a family; marriage to an Auschwitz survivor in 1956; their emigration to the United States; bringing her parents and brother six months later; and the births of two daughters. Ms. W. discusses strengthening her Jewish identity; her husband sharing his experiences with her; her daughters not wanting to hear their stories until recently; and sharing her sense of abandonment and loneliness with other child survivors. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
W., Paulette, 1934-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 11, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paulette W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1732). 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/4296023
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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