Coenraad R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-759) interviewed by J. Alpert and M. Orton
- Austin, Tex. : Second Generation: Children of Holocaust Survivors, 1985
- Interview Date
- June 30, 1985.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Coenraad R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-759). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Coenraad R., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1917, one of six children. He recalls being the only Jew in his public school; training as a tailor; military draft in 1939; German invasion in 1940; his father's death; marriage in September; organizing resistance through his socialist youth group; forced labor in 1942; transfer to Westerbork; deportation to Cosel (his wife, mother, and sister had already been deported), then Gleiwitz; staying with Dutch prisoners (there were conflicts with Poles); a higher death rate for the Dutch; remaining with one neighborhood friend; a death march in January 1945; train transfer through Czechoslovakia; Czechs throwing them food; observing destroyed German cities; incarceration at Sachsenhausen, Flossenbürg, Kaufering, and Landsberg; slave labor in an airplane factory; sabotaging their work; his friend's death in an Allied bombing (everyone in the truck was killed but him); losing his will to live without his friend; liberation by United States troops; returning to Holland in June; antisemitism from Dutch and Germans; reunion with his wife; and emigration to the United States. Mr. R. discusses concentration camp life; emotional difficulties resulting from his experiences; testifying at war crime trials; and sharing his experiences with his children.