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Annelies H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1188) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Pam Goodman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1188

Videotape testimony of Annelies H., who was born in a small town near Würzburg, Germany in 1924. She recalls her father's arrest in 1933; his release after he sold his business; the family's move to Bodolz; fleeing with her mother and brother to Scheveningen, Netherlands; her father's death in March 1934 after he joined them; her brother's refusal to emigrate in 1938 and 1939; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor at a fur factory; transfer with her mother and brother to Vught in 1943; her transfer to Amsterdam (she never saw her mother and brother again); assistance from the Judenrat; unsuccessful attempts to free her mother and brother; learning of an impending round-up; hiding with assistance from a non-Jewish family and the resistance; fleeing to Utrecht; hiding in several places; and liberation by Canadian troops in Hoenderlo. Mrs. H. describes returning to Amsterdam; learning that her brother had perished in Bergen-Belsen and her mother in Ravensbrück; and emigrating to the United States in 1946. She discusses searching for her past on trips to Holland; the goodness of those who saved her; the importance of luck to her survival; and her work providing social services for Holocaust survivors and their children.

H., Annelies, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
April 30, 1989.
Bodolz (Germany)
Scheveningen (Netherlands)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Utrecht (Netherlands)
Hoenderlo (Netherlands)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Annelies H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1188). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.