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Max H. and Johanna J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1329) interviewed by Ellen Nusgart and Phillip Sinsky,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1329

Videotape testimony of Max H., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1933 and of Johanna J., daughter of Mr. H's rescuers, who was born in Deurne, Netherlands in 1932. Mr. H. recalls expulsion from public school in 1941; attending a Jewish school; being hidden by a non-Jewish neighbor during a 1942 search for his father; his mother's arrest; and his father procuring her release through his influence as a member of the Jewish Council. He describes hiding with his family in the countryside, at a Catholic camp, then in the chicken house at Ms. J.'s parents' farm; his father playing with and teaching the children; remaining there six months after liberation; his father's illness and death soon after; and emigration with his mother to the United States. Ms. J., one of ten children, recalls three German raids while they were hiding "cousins;" learning only after the war that the "cousins" were Jews; the continuing close relationship between the H. family and hers; assistance received from the H. family over the years; and the motivation for her parents hiding Jews during the war.

H., Max, 1933-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
March 12, 1989.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Deurne (Netherlands)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Max H. and Johanna J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1329). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.