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Andre B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3522) interviewed by Charlene Fell,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3522

Videotape testimony of Andre B., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1937. He recounts moving to Naarden in 1939; attending pre-school; playing with his sister; his father bringing him and his sister to another family "for a few days" in 1942 (he never saw his parents again); moving to another family in Amsterdam six weeks later; never going outdoors and hiding in a closet for long periods; difficult relations with the family's children; being taken to Cornjum on a transport with other children in 1944 after payments for them stopped; a Jewish worker smuggling them out; placement with a poor family who were very kind to them; liberation by Canadian troops; being returned to Amsterdam; living with an uncle and aunt who took over their parents' business; being abused both physically and emotionally for seven years; learning he was Jewish through a school friend; his bar mitzvah; his sister running away; living in a Jewish orphanage to age eighteen; emigration to Canada in 1979; marriage to a survivor; and his daughter's death. Mr. B. discusses his lost childhood; his sense of Jewish identity; and positive changes resulting from attending the Hidden Child Conference. He shows photographs.

B., Andre, 1937-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1996
Interview Date
May 8, 1996.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Naarden (Netherlands)
Cornjum (Netherlands)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Andre B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3522). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.