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Alfred B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1939) interviewed by Rebecca Fink and Leo Mogill,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1939

Videotape testimony of Alfred B., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1922 to a Jewish father and Dutch Reformed mother. He recalls religion played no part in their lives; his brother's birth in 1937; German occupation in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; receiving a notice to report to a central location; his father bringing him to a friend who was in the underground (his father had some protection from his mixed marriage); traveling with her friend to Rotterdam; obtaining false papers; hiding in twenty-two places during the war including Rotterdam, Leiden, Delft, and Amsterdam; learning his parents had been caught for hiding Jews; his mother throwing a note to her sister from the deportation train to retrieve his younger brother (she did and he survived); his final hiding place with his aunt in Amsterdam; marriage to a non-Jew he had met through the resistance; and their emigration to the United States. Mr. B. discusses constant terror while hiding; producing false documents and listening to British radio to stay sane; learning his parents had perished in Auschwitz; wondering if he would have risked his life to hide Jews even though he believes the Dutch did not do enough; and sharing his story with his sons.

B., Alfred, 1922-
Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
Interview Date
October 24, 1990.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Leiden (Netherlands)
Delft (Netherlands)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alfred B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1939). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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