Marianne D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1862) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. :bA Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- May 28, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marianne D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1862). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marianne D., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1935. She recalls living among a large extended family; German invasion in 1940; antisemitic measures, including wearing the yellow star; her father's arrest; arrest with her sister and mother; placement in a children's home; escaping to her grandmother's house; being taken with other children to Limburg; being hidden with eight different families over two and a half years; divulging she was Jewish to friends which necessitated frequent moves; one brief placement with her sister; liberation; living with her uncle in Tilburg; reunion with her mother and sister; her father's return (he had been in Auschwitz); returning to their home in Amsterdam; and their emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. D. discusses her father's nightmares, unwillingness to share his experiences, anger, and eventual suicide; her mother's and her own emotional difficulties; her belief that marrying a Christian was due to her search for security; attending services but not joining a synagogue, fearing identification as a Jew; ambivalence about sharing her experiences with her children; attending the first Hidden Child Conference; and recent reconciliation with her sister after years of estrangement.