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Rachel E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1767) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Pam Goodman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1767

Videotape testimony of Rachel E., who was born in 1932, and raised in Compiègne, France. She recounts antisemitic harassment; German invasion; bombing of their house; moving to Paris; her father's military enlistment; his return; returning to Compiègne; anti-Jewish measures; her parents' arrest in July 1942 (she never saw them again); their Catholic neighbors volunteering to care for her and her younger brother; being treated better than their own children; wishing she was not Jewish; attending school; teachers and students colluding to hide their identity; their foster parents fleeing with them to escape a round-up in which her four year-old cousin was caught; liberation by United States troops; she and her brother refusing to leave their foster parents to live with an aunt and uncle; a court decision compelling them to join their relatives; the painful separation from her brother when she emigrated to the United States to live with her mother's sister; her brother's return to their foster family; marriage; and reuniting with her brother in France thirteen years later. She discusses continuing affectionate relations with her foster parents, and initiating their recognition by Yad Vashem. She shows photographs.

E., Rachel, 1932-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 22, 1991.
Compiègne (France)
Paris (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rachel E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1767). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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