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Dounia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4226) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Massimo Ianetta

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4226

Videotape testimony of Dounia S., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1920, one of three children of Russian émigrés. She recounts her family's assimilated lifestyle; a happy childhood; attending public school and a music conservatory; becoming a Belgian citizen in 1936; attending theater school; working as a comedian; German invasion; fleeing with her family to Saint-Gaudens, France; living for several months in La Barthe; returning home via Paris; her father registering them as Jews, despite her misgivings; leaving home, thinking it too dangerous to stay; living as a non-Jew elsewhere; continuing to work; obtaining false papers with assistance from a church official; her parents hiding one sister in a small town, and the other in a convent, while they hid in several places; her arrest in December 1943; release a week later due to her father bribing officials; re-arrest a few days later; attempting suicide en route to Malines; a one-week hospitalization; observing deportation trains leaving; release after four months; returning to Brussels; hiding with friends; learning her parents had been deported; liberation; learning her parents had not survived; reunion with her sisters; marriage in 1949; and the birth of a daughter. Ms. S. discusses prisoners sharing food in Malines; meeting two women who had known her mother in the camps; reluctance to share her experiences; and emotional problems resulting from her experiences.

Author/Creator
S., Dounia, 1920-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
Interview Date
April 29 and 30, 1999.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Dounia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4226). 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/6115056
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