Yvonne S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2074) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Pam Goodman
- New York, N. Y. :bA Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage
- Interview Date
- May 5, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Yvonne S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2074). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Yvonne S., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1927. She recalls her family's move to Paris in 1933; a comfortable life in Neuilly; attending Catholic school; her parents' divorce; moving to Holland with her mother and sister in 1938 to join her grandparents and other relatives; a brief stay in Paris; return to Amsterdam; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures including compulsory wearing of the yellow star and expulsion from school; attending Jewish school; disappearances of schoolmates; her grandparents' arrest and deportation (she never saw them again); going into hiding in May 1943 with assistance from the Resistance; living briefly with her mother and sister with non-Jews; transfer with her mother to Hilversum (her sister hid elsewhere); obtaining false papers; living in several places; their return to Amsterdam; war's end; and emigrating with her mother to the United States in 1947. Mrs. S. discusses the deaths of relatives during the Holocaust; sharing her experiences with her oldest son; her own and her children's strong Jewish cultural (not religious) identities; frequent visits to Holland to see her sister; and gratitude to the many people who hid them.