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Mia I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1800) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1800

Videotape testimony of Mia I., who was born in 1936 in Antwerp, Belgium, an only child. She recounts German invasion in 1940; anti-Jewish measures; harassment by a teacher; her parents obtaining false papers; planning an escape to Switzerland in 1942; her father's arrest before entering France (she never saw him again); continuing with her mother; their return the next day; her mother's arrest at the border; pretending not to know her mother (she never saw her again) and the smuggler pretending she was his daughter; returning home; briefly hiding with the smuggler; joining her grandfather; receiving a letter from her mother and one from her father; extortion by a man claiming he could free her father; deportation to Malines with her grandparents in 1943; their release; living in an orphanage, then being moved by the underground to a castle with other Jewish children; hiding with a Catholic family; reunion with her grandfather in Antwerp after liberation; her American uncle sending her to school in Switzerland; and emigration to join him in the United States. Mrs. I. discusses her painful realization that her parents would not return and her sense she can "never hold onto" anyone. She shows photographs and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
I., Mia, 1936-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 15, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mia I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1800). 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/4296177
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 20:25:00
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