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Marion C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3524) interviewed by Fraidi Martz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3524

Videotape testimony of Marion C., who was born in Berlin, German in 1936. She recounts her father paying for them to be smuggled to the Netherlands in 1942; his arrest (she never saw him again); escaping with her mother; a non-Jewish friend giving her mother her identity papers; betrayal by a paid smuggler; her mother telling the soldiers she was seeking her husband who was in the army; making their way to Arnhem; a priest giving them fare to Amsterdam; contacting the Jewish committee; separation from her mother; being hidden with a young couple; arrest; the underground getting her out; living in a rural convent, then with a loving family; hiding under the floor during searches (she still suffers from claustrophobia); liberation by Canadians in September 1944; return of the Germans; a second liberation; her mother's arrival in September 1945; not recognizing or wanting to go with her; returning to Amsterdam; learning that being Jewish involved a religion; crying for her foster family; emigration to the United States; relatives refusing to listen to their experiences; marriage in 1953; the births of two children; divorce after thirty years; and emigration to Canada. Mr. C. discusses her lost childhood; her mother's mental health problems; difficulties with her children; nightmares; and continuing contact with her foster family. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
C., Marion, 1936-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1995
Interview Date
July 18, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marion C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3524). 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/4297725
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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