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Thea S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1657) interviewed by Myra Katz and Helene Goldberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1657

Videotape testimony of Thea S., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1935. Her mother was Catholic and her father Huguenot. She recalls little change during the first two years of German occupation; her father joining the Dutch underground and falsifying passports for Jews; hiding a Jewish woman and her son in their attic; frequently talking to the boy late at night; being told they would all be killed if she told anyone they were hiding Jews; her uncle's execution by the Germans as a spy; her sister's hospitalization and evacuation to Belgium after the hospital was bombed; her father's imprisonment in 1943 and release in 1944; and his death due to ill treatment in prison. She describes the whole neighborhood being forced to watch the shooting of her schoolmate and family for not wearing the Jewish star; hardships after her father's death; frequent Gestapo searches; moving to northern Holland in January 1945 to recuperate from tuberculosis; and reuniting with her mother in 1946 and her sister in 1947.

Author/Creator
S., Thea, 1935-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1991
Interview Date
May 8, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Thea S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1657). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.