Marcelle B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1308) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Frances Proctor Cohen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
- Interview Date
- March 22, 1990.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marcelle B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1308). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marcelle B., who was born in Paris, France, in 1931. Mrs. B. recalls her close, extended family's Polish roots; long illnesses that separated her from her twin sisters; staying at a sanatorium in Hendaye after corrective surgery in summer 1939; returning with her father to Paris; German occupation; imposition of anti-Semitic measures; deportations; riding the Paris Metro in defiance of regulations; and her father's decision to go into hiding before a July 1942 round-up. She tells of being taken with her mother to the Vélodrome d'Hiver; appalling conditions; separation from her mother and sisters (whom she never saw again); transfer to a hospital when a nurse from Hendaye interceded; reunion with her father after other patients were taken away; hiding with a family in Bondy; pressure from her hosts to become Catholic; visiting her father in Paris; an emergency appendectomy in 1943; returning to Bondy; and discovering in June 1944 that her father had been deported. She describes despair; living with an aunt in Paris; emigrating in 1946, against her will, to the United States; adjustment difficulties; marriage; repeated emotional breakdowns; and learning the details of her father's betrayal and fate.