Hetty D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-874) interviewed by Elsa Roth and Lee Blum
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1991
- Interview Date
- November 17, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Hetty D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-874). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Hetty D., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1930. She recalls close relations with her extended family; her sense of Dutch, not Jewish, identity; German invasion; unsuccessfully attempting to flee with her parents; gradual implementation of anti-Jewish laws; deportations; brief arrest with her parents; their release by Ferdinand aus der Fünten because they were considered non-Jews due to their descent from Marranos; her father's decision to flee from the Jewish quarter; being taken from Amsterdam by a member of the underground; hiding with a Protestant family; an emotional reunion with her father after liberation (he had been hidden); and later with her mother who was liberated from Mauthausen. Mrs. D. discusses the difficulty of rebuilding an interrupted life; marriage to a Dutch emigre in the United States military; emigration to the United States; the courage of her rescuers (they were recognized by Yad Vashem); continuing contact with her foster parents; becoming more observant due to the loss of her entire extended family; and frequent visits to Holland, where she particularly feels that loss.