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Oral history interview with Elyane Hoffman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.120 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0120

Elyane Hoffman (née Beja), born in 1930 in Salonica (Thessaloniki), Greece, discusses being raised in Paris, France; her father Abraham Jack Beja and mother Fortuna Vida Nemano [PH]; her one brother (Abraham) and two sisters, one of whom of was born after the war; living in the commercial center of Paris, near Republique and Rue Saint Martin; attending school in the 3rd arrondissement on the Rue de Montmorency; her large family which had immigrated to France from Greece and were not a strict Jewish family; speaking French or Ladino; her paternal relatives who were of Portuguese descent; the antisemitism she felt before the war and when Germany invaded; the antisemitic comments made by her teachers; her parents having to register as Jews; the limitations to when and where Jews could travel; her family not being required to wear the yellow star because of their Portuguese descent; the raids and round ups of Jewish people in Paris, including her grandmother Esther Nemano who was sent directly to Auschwitz; moving with her immediate family to Portugal; living in the countryside for three months while under police surveillance before moving to Coimbra for one winter; settling in Lisbon, Portugal; life in Portugal; returning with her family after the war to Paris; life after the war and the struggles to get back to normal life; getting married in 1949 to Oskar Hoffman, a Romanian Jewish survivor of Buchenwald; her move to Australia; and how her ability to take things as they come has greatly impacted how she survived the war years and her move to Australia.

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Elyane Hoffman
Magda Kron
interview:  1996 November 07
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:29:44
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