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Bente T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3533) interviewed by Erin Soriano

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3533

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.

Author/Creator
T., Bente, 1935-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1996
Interview Date
April 16, 1996.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4298215
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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