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Rivka F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3493)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3493

Videotape testimony of Rivka F., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1923. She recalls antisemitic harassment preventing her from attending school; her father's emigration to Paris; joining him with her twin sister, a brother, and her mother in November 1938 (older siblings remained); German invasion; cessation of correspondence from her siblings in Poland in 1940; involvement in the Resistance; her brother's arrest; her father's death; fleeing to Lyon with her mother, sister, and sister's husband; organizing her brother's escape when visiting him in Pithiviers; working as a liaison officer and smuggling weapons for FTP-MOI; Resistance activities in Grenoble, Marseille, and Nice; her mother's arrest and deportation in summer 1942 (she never saw her again); her brother's execution as a Resistant in November 1943; and satisfaction in bombing a Nice café frequented by Germans. Ms. F. discusses many Resistance activities; depression after her postwar return to Paris; marriage in 1950 to a Jewish Resistant; and some of his experiences.

Author/Creator
F., Rivka, 1923-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
November 13, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rivka F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3493). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.