Anita B., Hetty V., and Anna S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1795) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- May 26, 1991.
- 2 copies:b3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Anita B., Hetty V., and Anna S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1795). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Anita B., Hetty V., and Anna S.. Anita B. was born in the Hague, Netherlands in 1929. She recalls German invasion in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; confiscation of their home; moving to a Jewish old age home; forced relocation to Amsterdam; attending a Jewish school; round-ups; her parents' decision in 1943 that they would go into hiding; her parents' and sister's departures; being taken by Anna S., her camp counselor, to hide with a non-Jewish family in the south; kind treatment by her foster parents; and liberation by British and United States troops in September 1944. She notes her parents were caught and deported to Westerbork; their liberation; and reuniting with her sister and parents in May 1945.
Anna S., a non-Jew, was born in Santiago, Chile in 1921. She describes studying law in Amsterdam in 1939; German invasion; organizing with a group of friends to hide Jewish children beginning in 1942; stealing documents and forging false papers; placing Anita B. with a foster family; arrest and imprisonment; deportation; forced labor; sabotaging her work; transfer to Sachsenhausen in September 1944; and evacuation to Sweden in April 1945 by the Red Cross. She discusses visiting children that she had saved after the war.
Hetty V., a non-Jew, was born in Utrecht, Netherlands in 1918. She describes resistance activities immediately after German invasion; hiding Jewish children; assistance from a professor; raising funds to support their activities; donations and assistance from Catholic bishops; stealing ration cards; organizing a system to account for the children; arrest in 1943; deportation to concentration camps; liberation; recuperating in Sweden; moving to Switzerland in 1946; and returning to the Netherlands in 1953. She discusses difficulties concentrating after the war; marriage; and living in the East Indies. Anita B., Anna S., and Hetty V. discuss attending a ceremony in Jerusalem in 1988 honoring Ms. S. and Ms. V. as rescuers.