Jannushka J. testimony 1995 [video recording]
Date of Recording14 November 1995
Duration1h 44m 37.0s
SynopsisJannushka J. was born in Paris, France on June 20, 1933. She describes her family and heritage. She recalls her parents’ secularism. She describes fleeing with her mother and brother during the German invasion then returning to Paris. She describes experiencing antisemitism at school. She recalls hiding to avoid roundups. Jannushka discusses the effect of Nazi propaganda on her beliefs as a child. She describes her family’s arrest, deportation to Drancy, and their escape. She recalls her parents’ decision to place their children in hiding with the Resistance. She describes being used to pass messages. She describes meeting partisan men and later learning of their deaths. She recalls cruel treatment by the woman who hid them and poor conditions. Jannushka recounts how this woman was arrested and Germans occupied the house for several days. She describes reuniting with her parents after the war. She recalls attending school after the war and experiencing continued antisemitism. She discusses converting to Catholicism. Jannushka describes leaving home, dating, and traveling the world. She describes emigration to Canada in 1967, her marriage, and her children. She discusses reconnecting to Judaism. She discusses sharing her story and experiences with others. Jannushka shows photographs and her yellow star.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.