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Theresa D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4138) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4138

Videotape testimony of Theresa D., who was born in Košice, Czechoslovakia in 1920, the younger of two daughters. She recounts moving to Antwerp in 1929 and Paris in 1932; her family's orthodoxy; feeling safe until the outbreak of war in 1939; traveling to Bayonne by train, hoping to emigrate by ship; traveling to Toulouse after the last ship left; rumors that Germans were coming; traveling to Luchon; her sister's marriage; moving to Lyon two months later; establishing a fur business; marriage in 1942; her husband receiving a notice for forced labor; being smuggled to Switzerland; being caught by border guards; her father's escape (he remained in Switzerland); a priest assisting their return to Lyon; hiding in an attic; her daughter's birth in September 1943; obtaining false papers as Turks; joining her mother, sister, and brother-in-law in Aix-les Bains; briefly returning to Lyon; moving to Le Puy; liberation in 1945; moving to Paris; reunion with her father; and emigration to the United States in 1953. Ms. D. notes many relatives who were killed in the Holocaust and her belief that God helped her and her immediate family survive. She shows photographs and documents.

D., Theresa, 1920-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1999
Interview Date
May 28, 1999.
Košice (Slovakia)
Antwerp (Belgium)
Paris (France)
Bayonne (France)
Toulouse (France)
Bagnères-de-Luchon (France)
Lyon (France)
Aix-les-Bains (France)
Le Puy (Haute-Loire, France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Theresa D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4138). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.