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Cecille B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-238) interviewed by Dori Laub and Batik Woller

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-238

Videotape testimony of Cecille B., who was born in Czernowitz, Austria in 1898. Mrs. B. describes her family; her brother, who left for the United States in 1907; moving to Mannheim, where her father worked for prominent relatives; meeting her husband, a Polish citizen; the birth of her son and daughter; citizenship problems due to the transfer of the city of Czernowitz from Austria to Romania; meeting Nahum Goldman in 1924, and asking his assistance in obtaining citizenship papers. She relates changes resulting from Hitler's rise to power; she and her husband losing their business in 1938; deportation of her husband in 1938 to Poland; sending her children to England in 1939; deportation to Gurs, a concentration camp in France, with her mother and sister; her mother's death in 1940; her attempts to obtain visas to the United States or elsewhere; and her escape to Switzerland. She recounts many incidents during her escape attempts and the many people who helped; her eventual emigration to the United States, where she was reunited with her children; and finding out that her husband had been killed in Warsaw.

Author/Creator
B., Cecille, 1898-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
February 26, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Cecille B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-238). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.