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Minna D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-568) interviewed by Batik Woller and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-568

Videotape testimony of Minna D., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1916. She recalls going to Paris to study; her marriage; moving to Montpellier; completing her studies; her husband being drafted into the French army in September 1939; and her employment in a government office. She describes joining the Maquis; working as a Maquis courier; receiving equipment by parachute from the Free French; deciding not to wear the yellow star; changing her name, living under false papers, and attending church; Maquis sabotage against the Germans; several episodes in which she was almost caught by the Germans; having to change her appearance, location, and name; successfully saving many Jews, particularly children, from deportation; and the assistance she received from many French people, particularly nuns. Mrs. D. tells of getting the children back after liberation; meeting her second husband in Paris (a survivor who had lost his wife and two children in Auschwitz); their emigration to Israel; the birth of her son; and emigration to the United States. She voices her disappointment that more people did not help to save Jews and catalogs the loss of her entire family (parents, five siblings, and their spouses and children).

Author/Creator
D., Minna, 1916-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
April 27, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Minna D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-568). 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/963041
Record last modified: 2015-01-14 11:28:00
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