Michèle G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4436) interviewed by Jessica DeVos and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2010
- Interview Date
- June 2, 2010.
- 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.
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.