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Jacqueline K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1741) interviewed by Devorah Mann

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1741

Videotape testimony of Jacqueline K., who was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1927. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; leaving Germany when Hitler came to power in 1933; joining relatives in Strasbourg, then Enghien-les-Bains; attending public school; German invasion; fleeing with her family to Limoges; she, her mother, and brother smuggling back to their apartment to retrieve their winter clothing; attending an ORT school; living in Lyon; being hidden with her mother in a convent; fleeing to Italian-occupied Nice in 1941; using false papers to pose as non-Jews; her father's exposure and incarceration in Gurs; her mother obtaining his release; German occupation; hiding in villages including Lougratte and Bellac; arrest after the war as a collaborator because her false name was the same as a well-known collaborator; proving who she was; gradually remembering Jewish culture and religion; working in a children's home near Paris; emigration with her family to the United States; marriage in 1950; and the births of her children. Ms. K. discusses transitioning back to her “old identity” and feeling more American than French despite adjustment difficulties. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
K., Jacqueline, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 2, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacqueline K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1741). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.