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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.

Author/Creator
E., Rachel, 1932-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 22, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
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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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317842
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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