Bente T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3533) interviewed by Erin Soriano
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1996
- Interview Date
- April 16, 1996.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Bente T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3533). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Bente T., who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1935. She recalls attending services on Saturday mornings and celebrating Jewish holidays; German invasion on April 9, 1941; many German soldiers on the streets; attending a Jewish school beginning in 1941; in September 1943; her father telling them they were leaving; hiding in a summer cottage on the coast in Hornbæk for nine days with sixteen other Jews, including her relatives; being taken at night by a fishing boat to Ven Island, Sweden; placement in a hotel near Norrköping; attending school; moving to an apartment in March 1945; returning to Denmark after liberation; difficulties in school; working in Stockholm beginning in 1951; involvement in the Danish church; meeting her future husband there (he was Lutheran); marriage in 1953; living in Malmö; attending synagogue when visiting her parents; the births of three children; emigrating to Canada in 1953; living in Kitimat; encountering antisemitism when her fourth child was born; and having her six children baptized (she later had twins). Ms. T. reflects upon not discussing Judaism with her children to protect them; her recent return to Judaism; and her grandchildren's interest in it.