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Lien C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1229) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1229

Videotape testimony of Lien C., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1915. She recounts her father's death in 1922; living in an orphanage with her younger sister; her other sister joining them when she was six; frequent visits with their mother; leaving the orphanage at eighteen; working in a rest home for two years, then the Jewish hospital; leaving nursing training due to illness; private nursing jobs in people's homes; marriage to a widower, a former patient, in December 1939; German invasion in May 1940; futile efforts to escape to England with her husband and his daughter; anti-Jewish laws; forced relocation; one sister's deportation (she never saw her again); deportation of her mother and other sister (they did not return); obtaining false papers; plans to escape to Switzerland; deciding not to, fearing the child would give them away; another futile escape plan; a non-Jewish friend arranging their hiding in a boarding house and her stepdaughter's elsewhere; visiting her occasionally; hiding in Laakse Vaart; returning after three months; liberation in May 1945; and retrieving her stepdaughter. Ms. C. discusses continuing gratitude to the non-Jews who saved them and sharing her experiences with her second daughter.

Author/Creator
C., Lien, 1915-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
April 20, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Lien C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1229). 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/4294898
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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