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Published 13 July 2010
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Yvette Lévy’s testimony

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We had the honor to be able to listen to Yvette Lévy’s testimony, deported at the age of
17. A Jew from Alsace, Yvette was born in Paris in 1926. She moved to Noisy-le-Sec where
she grew with her two brothers. Seeing the rise of Nazism, her family decided to escape to
Tours in 1940 : this was the exodus. When she came back in Paris, she had to bear the Vichy
laws consisting in reducing the freedom of the Jews. She was an instructor at
the Israelite scouts of France and took care of the rescue of Jewish children whose parents had
been arrested. In the night of July, 21st ,1944, she was arrested by the Gestapo with the
children of the GUFI (General Union of the French Israelite). First, she was an inmate in the Camp of Drancy, that we were lucky to visit .Then, she was deported in the last big convoy to
Auschwitz-Birkenau. Judged as able to work, she wasn’t sent to the gas chamber
but requisitioned to work. She worked in the camp before being transfered to the camp of
Kratzau, in Czechoslovakia, where she had been sent in an armament factory. She came back
in France and found her parents back after the camp liberation on May, 9th,1945. Yvette is one
of the last survivors of the Shoah and often spends her time to testify to perpetuate
the duty of memory : « When I come back to the camp, it’s like a victory over the nazis,
because we are always here to tell what really happened » Y.L .
Mme Yvette Lévy

Here are some reactions :

– « I found this testimony very interesting and moving. A testimony which is alive is
really different from an audio testimony. Yvette managed to catch our attention,
sensibilize us and inform us on this theme. » Edouard R. 3Bleu

– « Yvette Lévy’s intervention was very instructive but moving too. I think that everybody
should listen to her testimony because something like that mustn’t be lived again and
everyone has to know. » Marion L. 3Bleu

– « This testimony has been enriching and touched me. We were really lucky to meet
Yvette who knew how to sensibilize us to her story which mustn’t be forgotten. » Justine
C. 3Bleu