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Eva D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3041) interviewed by Robert Krell

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3041

Videotape testimony of Eva D., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1928. She recounts her father's British citizenship; her family's traditional religious practices; friendly relations with non-Jews; German occupation in May 1940; her father's one-month flight to France; anti-Jewish actions; her father's incarceration in Bourg-Leopold prison; visiting him three times; his one-week release when her brother was born; help from non-Jewish neighbors; her family's work in the Maquis; their detention in Mechelen (Malines) for two months in 1942; imprisonment as resistants by Belgian collaborators in May 1944; her brother's and sister's release; and transport with her mother to Auschwitz/Birkenau. Mrs. D. recalls prisoners helping her remain with her mother; forced labor; contemplating suicide; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in January 1945; being kicked by a guard; stealing food from Germans and sharing it with her mother; liberation by British troops; repatriation to Charleroi, then Antwerp; reunion with relatives; a neighbor returning their property; testifying at a war crimes trial; emigration to Canada; and marriage. She discusses recurring nightmares; visiting her mother in Belgium; an antisemitic incident in her son's school; and sharing her experiences with her children.

Author/Creator
D., Eva, 1928-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
July 6, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3041). 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/4290130
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:27:00
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