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Amelia D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-312) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-312

Videotape testimony of Amelia D., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1939. She recounts having no memories of Amsterdam; having a brother, a year older, and a sister, a year younger; staying with non-Jewish families in Belgium; having to change her name; separation from her brother; brief imprisonment of the father in the first family because they did not have papers (he eventually obtained false papers); hiding in cellars and not being allowed to go near windows; her father's sister and brother finding them after the war; reunion with her brother; reluctance to leave the last family (she still stays in contact with them); living with her aunt and her husband in Udine, Italy; receiving no Jewish education; feeling ashamed when other children went to church; her brother attending Cambridge; visiting him in England - the first time she traveled having recently gotten citizenship; receiving German reparation payments for their father's businesses; and becoming active in Jewish life in Trieste. Ms. D. discusses learning as an adult that her parents had been killed in Auschwitz (her aunt told them they were in Russia and had abandoned them); her sister's continuing reluctance to identify herself as a Jew; and learning not to fear people.

Author/Creator
D., Amelia, 1939-
Published
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1983
Interview Date
November 2, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Amelia D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-312). 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/4293401
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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