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Barbie Trial -- Day 9 -- A civil party testifies regarding the UGIF raid and her subsequent deportation

Film | Accession Number: 2005.516.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1611 | Film ID: 3974

15:50 Vergès asks the witness whether he has a relationship with prosecutor Ryan; the witness replies that they had one long conversation

15:51 Vergès questions the witness as to why he left the French Army and joined the U.S. Army during the war; Cerdini interjects that the question is irrelevant to the trial

15:53 President Cerdini suspends the hearing

16:23 Cerdini resumes the hearing and introduces a new witness, Gilberte Jacob née Levy

16:25 The witness testifies; she worked at the UGIF as an assistant at the time of the raid; she recalls working at her desk in the early afternoon, when three men entered and pulled out revolvers; the men were plainclothes Gestapo members; over the course of the next several hours, the two rooms were crammed with upwards of 80 people, and they took all of her possessions besides her clothing; in the early evening, the detainees were forced into trucks and taken to a prison where they were given no food or water for two days, and were then loaded into a cattle train and taken to the Drancy internment camp, north of Paris; the witness describes life in Drancy, with great emotion

16:56 The witness details her deportation from Drancy to Bergen-Belsen; the hygiene conditions at Bergen-Belsen; forced labor in the camp; the smell of the camp's crematory; departure from Bergen-Belsen on the 'train of hostages,' as the English army approached the camp; the train traveled across Germany, and was eventually liberated by the Soviet army; the witness then walked West on foot (about 200 km) and found a unit of the British Army, who helped her to return to France

17:09 Cerdini asks the witness to give further details pertaining to the executors of the UGIF raid

17:11 The witness dedicates her testimony to those with whom she experienced the events of her testimony, who did not survive

17:11 Cerdini asks the clerk to read the deposition of Jacqueline Modier née Rozenfarb

17:12 The clerk reads the witness' deposition; the witness lived in Paris until the Vel d'Hiv raid, when she moved with her family to Lyon; her father was deported to Auschwitz and died there; the witness was present at the UGIF raid, where she unknowingly entered a room and was greeted by a uniformed soldier; the witness recounts the proceedings of the raid; after 9 pm, the witness was released because she had falsified French papers and was younger than 15

17:19 End of tape

Event:  1987 May 21
Lyon, France
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Institut National de L'Audiovisuel
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:20:14
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