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Coenraad R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-759) interviewed by J. Alpert and M. Orton

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-759

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.

Author/Creator
R., Coenraad, 1917-
Published
Austin, Tex. : Second Generation: Children of Holocaust Survivors, 1985
Interview Date
June 30, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4282336
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