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Josephine B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-869) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lucille B. Ritvo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-869

Videotape testimony of Josephine B., who was born in Amsterdam in 1932. She recalls her youth in a prosperous family; German occupation; her father's activities in the resistance; his escape from the Netherlands; attending a Jewish school; transport to Westerbork with her mother, brother and sister in November 1942; and living in the orphanage when their mother feigned illness to delay deportation. Mrs. B. recounts their transfer to Bergen-Belsen fifteen months later; living conditions; transport east as the Allies approached; liberation from the train in April 1945; her mother's, brother's and sister's illnesses; her obsession with food; becoming ill herself; their June return to Amsterdam; learning about Auschwitz; reunion with her aunt and her father; emigration to England; attending boarding school; and returning to Amsterdam in 1948. Mrs. B. reflects upon her regrets at never discussing wartime experiences with her siblings and mother; efforts to shield her children from her experience; her resentment toward her father for deserting the family and not having saved them when he could; and the vividness of her memories and recent efforts to work through these problems.

Author/Creator
B., Josephine, 1932-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
May 21, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Josephine B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-869). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.