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Fredrika L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1875) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1875

Videotape testimony of Fredrika L., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1917. She recalls attending pharmacy school; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; marriage; paying large sums in 1942 for false papers to travel to Switzerland via Belgium; the Gestapo arresting her husband en route to Switzerland (she never saw him again), but releasing her; returning to warn her parents not to take that train (they had already left and were detained and deported); hiding in many places, often with her brother; a Belgian family who took them in; contemplating suicide, but deciding against it in the hope that her parents were alive; liberation by United States troops; learning her parents and sister had been killed; returning to the Netherlands; emigrating to the United States in 1947; and marriage to a German Jew. Mrs. L. discusses continuing contacts with the Belgian family that saved her and sharing her experiences with her daughter and grandchildren. She shows photographs.

L., Fredrika, 1917-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
October 30, 1991.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub;band 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fredrika L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1875). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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