Eva D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3041) interviewed by Robert Krell
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
- Interview Date
- July 6, 1983.
- 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.
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.