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Sophie W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4278) interviewed by Nina Toussaint and Jean-Marie De Becker,

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    Videotape testimony of Sophie W., who was born in Liège, Belgium in 1928, the daughter of Polish immigrants. She recounts her father's ethnic, rather than religious Jewish identity; his participation in Jewish leftist organizations; attending primary and high school; cordial relations with non-Jews; German invasion; fleeing to France with her family; her father's return to Liège after three months; she and her mother living with relatives in Bergerac for another three months; returning home; anti-Jewish restrictions; her teachers' sympathetic response; her father's arrest as a Belgian while fleeing; his deportation for forced labor in Germany; she and her mother hiding with resistance members in Amay, then in a convent for about eight months; her father's return; living with her parents in Mounteville as non-Jews using false papers; hiding briefly in Melreux; arrest with her mother in March 1943; incarceration in the Liège Citadelle; their escape; hiding with a priest; her aunt obtaining new false documents for them; her parents sending her and a cousin to a convent in Durbuy; living in Soy with her parents from April 1943 to September 1945; liberation by United States troops; returning to Liège; living briefly in Brussels and Charleroi; marriage; and sharing her experiences with her children. Ms. W. discusses the kindness of many who helped them; learning of concentration and death camps from returning survivors; relatives who did not return; testifying against a Belgian collaborator; and her cultural Jewish identity, including sending her sons to Israel, despite her lack of belief.
    W., Sophie, 1928-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2001
    Interview Date
    March 27, 2001.
    Liège (Belgium)
    Bergerac (France)
    Amay (Belgium)
    Monteuville (Belgium)
    Melreux (Belgium)
    Soy (Belgium)
    Durbuy (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Sophie W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4278). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Toussaint, Nina, interviewer.
    De Becker, Jean-Marie, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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