Barbie Trial -- Day 13 -- Victims testify
14:56:05 Sabina Zlatine is a naturalized French citizen from Poland who founded the Izieu home in 1942 after losing her job as a military nurse because she was Jewish. About 80 Jewish children were smuggled to safety in Switzerland from Izieu. She speaks about her involvement in the Resistance, Izieu, and Jews in Vichy. 14:57:10 Turning to the empty dock, she screams, "Barbie said he was only concerned with the Resistance and enemies of the German Army. I ask who were those 44 children? Where they Résistance fighters? They were innocents. There can be no pardon, no forgetting this odious crime." Klarsfeld addresses the court at 15:07:18
15:10:28 Dr. Leib Reifmann, tells of arriving at Izieu with two boys the morning of the raid. Reifmann managed to escape from the house through an upstairs window, but not before he saw a civilian with the German soldier who he thinks was Barbie. While Reifmann hid in the garden his father, mother, sister, and nephew were taken away to their deaths with the rest of the occupants of the home. He talks about OSE, Izieu, and the Jews in Vichy.
15:30:44 Lea Feldblum, a Polish born Jewish woman and the only survivor of the children and adults rounded up at Izieu tells of their journey to Auschwitz. Although she held forged French identity papers, she revealed her identity to stay with the children. Arriving at Auschwitz on April 15 with 34 children and the Reifmann family, she was forcibly separated from the children who were gassed the same day. The remaining 10 children and 3 adults were sent to the Auschwitz gas chamber a few days later. [Separation not discussed on this tape, Feldblum's testimony continues on 80063 which has not been transferred yet.]
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