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Myriam S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3187) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan and Evelyn Lowy

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3187

Videotape testimony of Myriam S., who was born in Paris, France in 1934, the youngest of five children of Polish émigrés. She recounts her parents' orthodoxy; her mother's illness; anti-Jewish laws precluding her treatment; her father's deportation to Drancy in 1941; her two older brothers arranging for a Jewish doctor to do surgery on their mother in their home; her brothers' departure when Paris became too dangerous; round-up with her mother, sister, and younger brother on July 16, 1942 to the Vélodrome d'hiver; transfer to Pithiviers; deportation of her sister and mother; her brother's transfer to the infirmary; her transfer to Drancy; an older woman befriending and caring for her; the woman giving her her own release papers, noting she was old and Myriam S. should live; returning home; reunion with her older brothers who obtained medical treatment for her through the underground; one brother's arrest; her other brother obtaining false papers for her and hiding her in several places; her brother joining the underground in 1945; her father's return after the war; learning he had been in five camps, including Auschwitz, where he once saw her older brother (he did not survive); learning her other brother had been killed in the resistance; the Joint sending her and her father to recuperate in Normandy; returning to Paris; attending school; marriage in 1954; the birth of a son in 1955; emigration to the United States with assistance from HIAS; and the birth of another son. She shows photographs, documents, and the Serge Klarsfeld book listing her mother, sister, and brother.

Author/Creator
S., Myriam, 1934-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1994
Interview Date
June 22, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Myriam S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3187). 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/4297170
Record last modified: 2015-10-19 15:28:00
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