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Marcelle B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1308) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1308

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.

Author/Creator
B., Marcelle, 1931-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
March 22, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/982261
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