Paulette S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4224) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz
- New Haven, Conn.: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2002
- Interview Date
- September 12, 2002.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Paulette S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4224). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Paulette S., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1932, to immigrants from eastern Europe. She recalls a happy childhood; moving to Brussels; summer vacations in Knocke-sur-Mer; attending public school; German invasion; an unsuccessful escape attempt; her brother's birth; her father deciding they should go into hiding; living with a Catholic family in Waterloo; splitting up the family; hiding in Ghent, in an Ursuline convent in Brussels, with several families, and finally with two unmarried sisters, all arranged by a Franciscan priest; a brief visit with her mother; liberation in 1945; retrieval by her mother; her parents' difficulty retrieving her brother from his foster parents (they wanted to adopt him); attending school in Brussels; caring for her brother; antisemitism in school; companionship in Maccabi; emigration to the United States in 1952 via Paris to join relatives; marriage in 1955; the births of her daughters; and her parents' emigration to Israel. Ms. S. discusses her sense of loss, abandonment and loneliness during the war and to the present time; visiting Belgium with her husband and again with her daughter; admiring those who risked their lives to save her; and gratitude for her wonderful family. She shows photographs.