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Annie K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2527) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2527

Videotape testimony of Annie K., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1936. She recalls her maternal grandfather living with them; German invasion in May 1940; her family's aborted escape attempt to France, ending in De Panne; returning home; anti-Jewish measures, including wearing the star; her father's flight to France; beating of her mother and grandfather by Germans; being smuggled to France with her mother and friends; reunion with her father; their internment in Rivesaltes; her release as a child; being hidden in a children's home in Vendine for eight months; her parents arranging her “kidnapping”; reunion with them in Italian-occupied Nice; often changing their false papers; German occupation; fleeing to Aix-les-Bains; her father's arrest; her mother obtaining "Catholic" papers from the Resistance; attending school and Mass; her mother's Resistance activities, including hiding other Jews; liberation by United States troops; returning to Antwerp; reunion with her father, who survived Auschwitz; his debilitated condition; her brother's birth; resuming her education; their six-month stay in the United States; attending university in Geneva; marriage in 1960; emigration to the United States in 1963; the births of three children; completing her doctorate; and her career. Ms. K. notes her grandfather was beaten to death after they left Antwerp; her fear of dogs resulting from her experiences; and the influence of her experience on raising her children. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Annie, 1936-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 8, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Annie K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2527). 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/4287792
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