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Odette H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4069) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4069

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    H., Odette, 1927-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1997
    Interview Date
    June 16, 1997.
    Locale
    Greece
    Thessalonikē (Greece)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Paris (France)
    Toulouse (France)
    Sokolov (Slovakia)
    Liège (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Odette H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4069). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.
    Related material: Mazaltov H. Holocaust testimony [sister] (HVT-4070), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 54 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hiding.
    False papers.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4677067
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:51:00
    This page:
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