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Rachel B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2283) interviewed by Janet Brown and Susanne Glaser

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2283

Videotape testimony of Rachel B., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1928. She recalls living in a Jewish section; anti-Semitic incidents; learning respect and honesty from her father; German invasion in May 1940; fleeing to northern France with her family; realizing the danger was equal there and returning home; anti-Jewish restrictions including expulsion from school two weeks before her graduation; her older sister's deportation; viewing a round-up of Jews on their street when small children were smashed against buildings, resulting in her mother's decision to place her children in hiding; living with her sister as non-Jews in a convent in Louvain; the Mother Superior's discovery that they were Jewish (eventually seventeen Jewish girls were hidden there); having to move due to Allied bombings in May 1944; hiding with a non-Jewish family; and liberation by British troops in September 1944. Mrs. B. recounts her reunion with her mother; learning her father and older sister were killed in Auschwitz; marriage; emigration with her husband to the United States in 1947; and her continuing relationship with the Mother Superior of the convent who was honored as one of the "Righteous among the Nations" by Yad Vashem.

Author/Creator
B., Rachel, 1927-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1992
Interview Date
May 17, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rachel B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2283). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1091679
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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