Bertha B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2242) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 28, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Bertha B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2242). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Bertha B., who was born in Berchem, Belgium in 1931, the youngest of six children. She recalls orthodox holiday observances; a large, close extended family; German invasion in 1940; fleeing to De Panne; returning to Antwerp; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's brief imprisonment; deportation of her father, three brothers, and a sister (they did not survive); an aunt contacting the underground to hide them; help from a physician and priest; hiding in Dave with other Jewish families; fleeing to the forest after a German search; staying with the doctor who placed her mother in a hospital job and her and her sister in an orphanage; posing as non-Jews; her sister's secret emphasis on their Jewish identity; transfer to an orphanage in Sorinne-la-Longue; liberation by United States troops in 1944; reunion with their mother; fleeing to Charleroi to avoid battles; moving to Namur, then Antwerp; difficulties reclaiming family property; visiting the United States in 1957; and marrying a survivor there. Mrs. B. discusses her mother's wartime courage and her postwar depression; not talking about this time with her mother and sister; sharing her experiences with her children; and finding a community in the Hidden Child Foundation. She shows photographs.