Huguette F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1946) interviewed by Deborah Shelkan Remis
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1995
- Interview Date
- August 31, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Huguette F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1946). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Huguette F., who was born in Paris, France in 1925. She recalls her family's strong sense of French identity; her brother's French military service; German invasion; her father's death; not hearing from her brother; escaping with her family and governess to the unoccupied zone; living in Nice and Marseille; benign Italian occupation; German invasion; her mother's and grandmother's arrests; remaining with her governess and brother; his escape to join the Maquis; arrest in May 1944; deportation to Drancy, then Auschwitz/Birkenau; slave labor; a close bond with a family friend; hospitalization; assistance from her friend; a death march and train transport to Ravensbrück; assistance from French POWs; another death march to Bunzlau; liberation by Soviet troops; their rape of her friend; transfer to United States troops; assistance from the French Red Cross; repatriation; her governess meeting her; reunion with her brothers; attending school; emigrating to the United States; and marriage. Ms. F. discusses her Czech governess's many attempts to save her family; continuing nightmares, fears, and sleep problems; sharing her story with her sons when they were older; ongoing hostility toward Germany; and pessimism about the future.