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Blanche H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2068) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2068

Videotape testimony of Blanche H., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1934. She recalls her affluent home; German invasion; her family's unsuccessful attempt to flee via Dunkerque; returning to Antwerp; antisemitic restrictions; humiliation at having to wear the yellow star; her father's deportation, followed by her brother's and sister's; moving to Namur with her mother; her mother seeking help from a Catholic priest to hide her; living with a family of nine children in Rhisnes (her mother hid in Antwerp); arrival of her mother; having to leave due to fear of exposure; relocation to an orphanage in Sorinne-la-Longue with Jewish and non-Jewish children; placement in another orphanage; limited rations and lack of sanitation; poor health; liberation by United States troops; reunion with her mother; a long hospitalization; resuming her education; returning to Antwerp; learning her father, brother and sister had perished; emigration to the United States; adjustment problems; marriage to a survivor; difficulty conceiving due to war-related health problems; the births of two daughters; and meeting others hidden with her at the Hidden Child conference. She notes her affection for the Catholic priest who helped her and many other Jews.

Author/Creator
H., Blanche, 1934-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 29, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Blanche H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2068). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286306
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 18:52:00
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