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Hermina A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1360) interviewed by Paula Winters and Rebecca Fink,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1360

Videotape testimony of Hermina A., who was born to a Roman Catholic family in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1919. She recalls wonderful relations with Jews; German invasion; marriage in 1941; her son's birth in 1942; her brothers' compulsory forced labor in Germany; her husband obtaining false papers to leave Holland to escape forced labor; observing Jews disappearing; joining an underground unit; acting as a courier; capture; arranging for her son to be with her parents; imprisonment and torture in Amsterdam and Arnhem; not divulging any names she knew; transfer to Vught after several months; slave labor digging ditches, then for Philips; sabotaging radios they manufactured; learning she was to be released; smuggling out letters for other underground members; being sent to the Hague; returning to Amsterdam; reunion with her family (she did not recognize her son); difficulties obtaining food; liberation by Canadian troops; and receiving a medal from the queen for her work. Mrs. A. discusses joining the underground so her son could grow up in freedom; having no regrets except for the pain she caused her family; and testifying at war crime trials. She shows photographs.

A., Hermina, 1919-
Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
Interview Date
May 8, 1990.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Arnhem (Netherlands)
Hague (Netherlands)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hermina A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1360). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.