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Elisa F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4068) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt,

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    Videotape testimony of Elisa F., who was born in Rhodes, Italy (presently Greece) in 1927, the youngest of six children. She recounts her happy childhood; attending a Jewish, then an Italian school; moving to Kos in 1942; her father's leadership role in the Jewish community; anti-Jewish legislation; her mother's death; two brothers' emigrations; her father warning Jews to leave; his emigration to Turkey (her sister lived there); German invasion; fleeing to the countryside with her brother and his family; round-up and deportation to Greece; meeting two aunts; the Turkish consul having her brother and his family freed because her brother's wife was Turkish; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her aunts (she never saw them again); meaningless slave labor; transfer to Wilischtal; slave labor in a munitions factory; public hangings; a severe beating for taking potatoes, from which she still suffers pain; transfer to Theresienstadt; assistance from the Red Cross; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Vienna; United States troops smuggling them to Rome; assistance from UNRRA; contact with her brother; joining him in the Congo via Lisbon; marriage to a Greek survivor in 1946; the births of her children; and returning to Europe in 1960. Ms. F. discusses becoming inured to death in the camps; relations among nationalities; some prisoners fasting on Yom Kippur; being disadvantaged by not speaking Yiddish, German, or Polish; postwar difficulty adjusting to “normal” life; pervasive painful memories and nightmares; books written by her and her father; and visiting Rhodes in 1966.
    F., Elisa, 1926-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996
    Interview Date
    November 27, 1996.
    Rhodes (Greece : Island)
    Kos (Greece)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Rome (Italy)
    Lisbon (Portugal)
    Congo (Democratic Republic)
    Cite As
    Elisa F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4068). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.
    Related publication: Les martyrs Juif de Rhodes and de Cos / Hizkia M. Franco. -- Elisabethville : Congregation Israelite du Katanga, c1952.
    Related publication: The Jewish martyrs of Rhodes and Cos / Hizkia M. Franco ; translated from the original French by Joseph Franco. 1st English language ed. -- Zimbabwe : HarperCollins, c1994.
    Related publication: Il était une fois d'île des roses / Elisa Franco-Hasson. -- Beersel : Clepsydre, 1996, c1995.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (4 hr., 32 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Italian occupation.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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