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Paulette S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4224) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4224

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.

Author/Creator
S., Paulette, 1932-
Published
New Haven, Conn.: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2002
Interview Date
September 12, 2002.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6062434
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 21:28:00
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