SynopsisJannushka J. was born in Paris, France on June 20, 1933. She describes her family and heritage. She recalls attending a private school and describes the neighbourhood where she lived. She notes that her family did not observe any Jewish holidays or traditions. She recalls when war was declared and the German invasion. She describes antisemitic incidents at school and anti-Jewish regulations. She recalls hiding from German officers searching her family’s apartment building. Jannushka describes receiving assistance from neighbours. She describes fleeing to a safe house organized by the French Resistance, where she stayed with her brother. She describes the condition of the house and the woman who owned the house. She recalls activities of the partisans and her participation through passing messages. She describes the fate of the partisans at the safe house and learning of their deaths. She describes liberation by American troops and reuniting with her parents. She recalls the difficulty of her family returning to a normal life. Jannushka discusses sharing her story.
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