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Jannushka J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3529) interviewed by Robert Krell,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3529

Videotape testimony of Jannushka J., who was born in Paris, France in 1933. She recounts her parents' eastern European backgrounds; their secularism (she did not realize she was Jewish); German invasion; fleeing with her mother and brother to Pithiviers; returning to Paris; anti-Jewish harassment at school; being sent to Drancy; their escape; assimilating Nazi propaganda thus believing Jews were ugly and usurious; her parents placing her and her brother with the Resistance; being hidden outside Paris; living with a woman who treated them cruelly; converting to Catholicism; carrying messages for the Resistance; having crushes on Resistance men, many of whom were shot; reunion with their parents two months after war's end; not recognizing them; her parents emotional devastation upon learning their entire families had been murdered; remaining Catholic; never speaking about the war years; her father beating her; leaving home; traveling all over the world; living in Israel for a year; emigration to Canada in 1967; reconnecting to Judaism; marriage; raising her children as Jews; and a troubled relationship with her brother (he remained in France). Ms. J. shows photographs.

J., Jannushka, 1933-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1995
Interview Date
November 14, 1995.
Paris (France)
Pithiviers (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jannushka J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3529). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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