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Nina K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2987) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Claire Paulus

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2987

Videotape testimony of Nina K., a non-Jew, who was born in 1923 in Malines (Mechelen), Belgium. She describes involvement with the Resistance from the beginning of the war; working as a courier between Brussels and Malines; arrest in June 1942; imprisonment in Antwerp for six weeks; transfer to Aachen, then Essen; sabotaging her assigned work; discussing survival strategies with friends; transfer to Zweibrücken, then Esterwegen; her trial; being sentenced to forced labor; transfer to Gross-Strehlitz; an aborted escape attempt with a friend; being helped in solitary confinement by a friend's mother; transfer to Ravensbrück; meeting victims of medical experiments; forced labor in a Siemens factory; transfer to Mauthausen, then Amstetten; Allied bombardments which killed many prisoners; liberation by the Red Cross organized by Folke Bernadotte; hospitalization in Saint Gall and Aix-les-Bains; and repatriation in June 1945. Ms. K. insightfully discusses relations between prisoners in the camps; the importance of helping each other; remaining an optimist despite her experiences; and marriage to another survivor which results in their understanding each other.

Author/Creator
K., Nina, 1923-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
December 16, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nina K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2987). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.