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June M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2009) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2009

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of June M., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1929. She describes her close extended family; joyous holiday celebrations in an orthodox environment; German invasion; fleeing with her family to Calais, France; repatriation to Antwerp by the Germans; forced relocation to Limburg; moving to Brussels; anti-Jewish restrictions; refusing to wear the star; being hidden in a convent in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw (her parents hid elsewhere); conversion to Catholicism; wonderful relations with nuns; tacitly acknowledging the other hidden Jewish children (there were twenty-eight); seeing adults who were hidden; relocation to another convent; liberation by United States troops; reunion with her parents; moving to Brussels, then Antwerp; emigrating to the United States; her marriage; her daughter's birth; and her divorce. Mrs. M. discusses learning most of her family did not survive and that the convent was an underground center; not sharing her experiences, especially with people who survived concentration camps; membership in the Hidden Child Foundation, which provided an opportunity to share her story; and the importance of her grandchildren. Mrs. M. shows photographs.
    Author/Creator
    M., June, 1929-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    March 12, 1992.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Calais (France)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Sint-Pieters-Leeuw (Belgium)
    Cite As
    June M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2009). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blinderman, Joni-Sue, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 36 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4285921
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:23:00
    This page:
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