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Oral history interview with Lea Mendelovitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.524 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0524

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Ms. Mendelovitz's childhood in Montreuil, France and the family's flight to southern France in 1941. She describes her family's false papers, the time she spent living in hiding with a family on a farm in 1942, and their mistreatment of her. She describes her family's reunion in Lyon in 1943 as well as her father's arrest by the Gestapo in 1944 and his subsequent escape. Ms. Mendelovitz describes the family's return to Montreuil, encounters with concentration camp survivors, and her life after the war. Due to her young age at the time, many of Ms. Mendelovitz's recollections about larger events were related to her by family members, but she also describes personal events and her emotions from the wartime era.

Interviewee
Lea Mendelovitz
Date
2002 August 28  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:18:57
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