The Manuscript of Cayeux-sur-Mer. July-August 1945 - Denise Holstein
Denise Holstein was arrested with her parents during the great police roundup of the Jews of Rouen in early 1943. Committed to hospital, she could not be returned to the camp at Drancy where she had been interned. At 16, she became a monitor at the Louveciennes centre for children whose parents had been deported.
At the moment of the police roundups aimed at the children’s homes, Denise was arrested with those committed to her charge and deported in the convoy of July 31, 1944. On the ramp at Birkenau, a deportee persuaded her not to take a child with her, thus escaping death, contrary to the 32 children of Louveciennes who were sent directly to the gas chamber. Selected for forced labour, Denise was then transferred to the camp at Bergen-Belsen. She was liberated there is an unimaginable state of physical degradation.