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Oral history interview with Yvette Baumann Farnoux

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.489.3 | RG Number: RG-50.027.0003

Yvette Baumann Farnoux, born September 10, 1919 in Alsace, France, discusses not knowing that she was Jewish until she went to school in the 1930s; becoming aware of problems around 1934 when she saw refugees from Germany; living in Paris, France until 1942; studying to become a social worker; joining the resistance movement; not being worried about being Jewish until her father was denounced in 1942; a French policeman visiting to confirm that he was Jewish and telling the family that they should flee immediately; moving often during the war; being detained in Paris in 1944 when she was eight months pregnant; being taken to Blois, France, where she miscarried; an unsuccessful escape attempt; her imprisonment for one month in Fresnes before being transferred to Drancy that March; being sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau; her experiences on a death march to a camp in Czechoslovakia; being liberated by the Soviets; going back to Paris in May 1945; helping to form a group to rehabilitate children; reflecting upon the war; living in Senegal, where she married an American man; having another child; and working for humanitarian associations.

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Yvette B. Farnoux
Robert Buckley
interview:  1990 September 10
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Robert Buckley
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:52:00
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