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Louise S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3532) interviewed by Erin Soriano

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3532

Videotape testimony of Louise S., who was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1929. She recalls her extended family; their assimilated lifestyle; moving to Bussum; attending school in Amsterdam; plans to emigrate; German invasion prior to their departure date; fleeing to IJmuiden; returning home; anti-Jewish laws including expulsion from school; forced relocation to Amsterdam; attending a Jewish school; obtaining false papers; going into hiding in January 1943; hiding with a relative in Bussum who was connected to the resistance; being sent by herself to a family in Hilversum; transfer three months later to another family, then to Haarlem, then with her parents to a farm in Apeldoorn; liberation by Canadian troops in April 1945; reunion with her sister; learning all their family had perished except those married to non-Jews and one cousin; living in Naarden; attending school; marriage to a Danish non-Jew; and emigration to Canada. Ms. S. discusses nightmares and depressions resulting from her experiences; her sons' lack of interest in her story and Judaism; and the interest of her non-Jewish daughter-in-law and son's girlfriend's.

Author/Creator
S., Louise, 1929-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1996
Interview Date
May 29, 1996.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louise S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3532). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.