Odette H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4069) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1997
- Interview Date
- June 16, 1997.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Odette H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4069). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Odette H., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1927, one of three children. She recounts her family's emigration to Brussels in 1930; attending school; German invasion; fleeing to Paris, then Toulouse; attending school; her brother fleeing to Spain, and ultimately to Israel; returning to Brussels; anti-Jewish restrictions; going into hiding with her family in November 1942; obtaining false papers; arrest in 1944; incarceration in Avenue Louise; transfer to Malines; deportation to Auschwitz; remaining with her mother and sister; hospitalization; avoiding selection with assistance from her mother and sister; working as a translator; their transfer to Wilischtal; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Theresienstadt; receiving Red Cross packages; liberation by Soviet troops; United States troops moving them to Sokolov, then the Bamberg displaced persons camp; satisfaction upon denouncing SS soldiers to the authorities; traveling to Liège; returning home; reunion with her brother-in-law, father, and grandparents; and marriage. Ms. H. discusses her terror caused by the rats in Auschwitz; her stronger faith in God due to her experiences; a 1950 visit to Israel; not sharing her experiences; and disliking films about the Holocaust since they cannot convey the true horror.