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Nina A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2973) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Claire Gausset

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2973

Videotape testimony of Nina A., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1926 to Turkish immigrants. She recalls moving to Ostend; German invasion; moving to Brussels in summer 1940; arrest with her parents on October 23, 1943 (her younger sister was not at home and subsequently went into hiding); incarceration in Malines; her parents' belief that their Turkish citizenship would protect them from deportation; her father's deportation on December 12, 1943; deportation with her mother to Ravensbrück on December 13, 1943; arranging for her mother to work in the knitting area; efforts to avoid hard labor; working in a Siemens factory; learning her father had died in Buchenwald and shielding her mother from that knowledge; transfer to the Siemens factory (Fürstenberg); transfer by the Red Cross in February 1944, along with her mother and other Turks to Denmark, Göteborg, then Istanbul as exchange prisoners; living in an UNRRA camp; repatriation to Belgium in 1945; reunion with her sister; joining a Zionist youth movement; emigrating to Israel in 1948 with her mother and sister; and returning to Belgium. She discusses the responsibility of protecting her mother in Ravensbrück; relations between camp inmates; and sharing her experiences with her son.

Author/Creator
A., Nina, 1926-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1993
Interview Date
May 24, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nina A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2973). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.