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Martha W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1437) interviewed by Samuel Kenner,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1437

Videotape testimony of Martha W., who was born in the Netherlands in 1908. She recalls attending public and Hebrew schools in a small town; living in Paris in the spring of 1939 with her husband and baby; returning to Leiden, Netherlands from a vacation in Biarritz when the war started in September; returning to Paris in 1940; and re-establishing correspondence with her family after the German invasion in May. Mrs. W. describes escaping from Paris in May 1940; crossing to Oran, Algeria; traveling to Casablanca, Morocco; receiving affidavits from relatives in the United States; traveling via Tangier to Lisbon; and embarking for the United States in August 1940. Mrs. W. also discusses correspondence from her parents until 1942 (they were deported to Auschwitz); her mother-in-law surviving as a non-Jew; and many visits to the Netherlands after 1946.

W., Martha, 1908-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
Interview Date
August 28, 1989.
Paris (France)
Leiden (Netherlands)
Oran (Algeria)
Casablanca (Morocco)
Tangier (Morocco)
Lisbon (Portugal)
Biarritz (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martha W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1437). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.