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Betsy H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1277) interviewed by Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1277

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    Videotape testimony of Betsy H., who was born in Hoogeveen, Netherlands, in 1917, the oldest of four children. Mrs. H. tells of working in a Jewish home for deprived children; her indifference regarding German events; German invasion; living with a Jewish family in Amsterdam; the last contact with her family (they were all deported); hiding in Rijnsburg; meeting her future husband who was hiding to avoid forced labor; joining a resistance group; carrying messages under a false name throughout the country; and witnessing the daily heroism of ordinary people. She describes her arrest with the resistance group; disposing of the documents she had been carrying to shield the identities of resistance members thus saving their lives; transport through Vught to Ravensbrück; forced labor in Dachau; liberation; returning through Switzerland and Paris to the Netherlands; and marriage in 1945. She discusses her affection for friends she made in Dachau; their annual meetings; her role in the resistance; and reluctance to talk about the past with her daughter.
    H., Betsy, 1917-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
    Interview Date
    August 8, 1989.
    Hoogeveen (Netherlands)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Rijnsburg (Netherlands)
    Cite As
    Betsy H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1277). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Vlock, Laurel, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 44 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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