Charlotte S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2161) interviewed by Josette Zarka, Claudine Zumstein, and Dorit Welt
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
- Interview Date
- February 14, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Charlotte S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2161). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Charlotte S., who was born in Paris, France in 1926. She recalls attending a Jewish school; refugees from Poland and Germany arriving in the 1930s; her father enlisting in the military after the outbreak of war; anti-Jewish measures in 1940; arrest with her parents and younger brother on July 16, 1942; her release; unsuccessful attempts to find her parents and brother in the Vélodrome d'hiver; her oldest sister's deportation to Drancy; receiving a letter from her younger brother (she later learned of their fate from a book by Eric Conan); her older brother fleeing to the free zone; and her other sister hiding with a family. Mrs. S. describes UGIF sending her to a boarding school; her deportation with the school students and staff to Drancy in July 1944; deportation to Birkenau; starvation, selections, and forced labor; transfer to Bergen-Belsen, then Raguhn; recovering from typhus with her friends' assistance; transfer to Terezín in April 1945; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Paris (Hotel Lutetia); and reunion with her sister and brother (her parents, oldest sister, and younger brother never returned). Mrs. S. discusses her book, "I Will Have to Remember," and postwar effects including nightmares and fear of dogs.