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Michèle G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4436) interviewed by Jessica DeVos and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4436

Videotape testimony of Michèle G., who was born in Domfront, France in 1939, the youngest of three children. She recounts that her family lived in Paris; her father's military draft prior to her birth; her family traveling to Domfront, thinking war was imminent, thus her birth there; their return to Paris; learning her father was a prisoner of war; his return in 1941; evacuation with her siblings by the Croix-Rouge française in March 1942; staying with family friends, then placement with a Catholic family with seven children in Isserpent; her brother's placement elsewhere that summer; full integration into family life, including farm tasks and attending Sunday mass; their return to their parents in Lyon a year later, then back to Isserpent in spring 1943; placement in a children's home in Montmorency in 1945 after the war; her mother retrieving them; living with her in Montfaucon and with an aunt and cousin; and hoping for years for her father's return. Ms. G. discusses the children's home; recently contacting officials in Isserpent and Montfaucon, who verified her residence there for claims purposes; visiting the family in Isserpent (they recognized her immediately); documenting her father's deportation and death; and attending the war crimes trial of Klaus Barbie. She shows documents and photographs.

G., Michèle, 1939-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2010
Interview Date
June 2, 2010.
Domfront (France)
Paris (France)
Isserpent (France)
Lyon (France)
Montfaucon (Auvergne, France)
Montmorency (France)
3 copies: DV Cam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michèle G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4436). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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