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Maria Gilda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-881) interviewed by Giorgina Vitale,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-881

Videotape testimony of Maria Gilda S., who was born in Sfax (Safāqis), Tunisia, in 1923. She describes her childhood in a prominent Jewish family, as the daughter of a shipping executive and granddaughter of a well-known politician; social, political, and religious life in an Italian enclave in the French protectorate of Tunisia; and the absence of prewar antisemitism. She tells of her family's Fascist sympathies; her brother's 1938 deportation to Italy by French colonial authorities; her brother-in-law's service in the French army in 1940; and the German occupation of Tunisia in late 1942. Mrs. S. recalls the imposition of antisemitic measures; Jews being hidden by Arabs for payment; liberation by Anglo-American forces; her brother's 1943 incarceration at "Regina Coeli" prison in Rome; his deportation to Auschwitz; the family's unsuccessful postwar efforts to discover his fate; her naturalization as a French citizen in 1947; and emigration to Grenoble, France in 1963.

S., Maria Gilda, 1923-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
May 4, 1987.
Ṣafāqis (Tunisia)
Grenoble (France)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maria Gilda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-881). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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