Johanna P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3971) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan and Evelyn Lowy
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1998
- Interview Date
- August 25, 1998.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Johanna P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3971). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Johanna P., a non-Jew, who was born in Beverwijk, Netherlands in 1924 and lived in Amsterdam from 1934. She recalls no differences between Jews and others prior to the war; German invasion in 1940; Jews having to wear the star; their Jewish family doctor's suicide; people burning books fearing Germans would persecute them; relocation of Jews to a nearby housing complex; disappearance of Jews from school; observing an older Jewish woman being beaten by German soldiers; working for the police department; the famine and cold of the 1944-1945 winter; liberation by Canadian troops in May; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1948. Ms. P. tells of constant fear during the war; compiling a list after the war of police who "disappeared" and refused to collaborate; her husband's imprisonment as a POW in Łódź; his reluctance to discuss his experiences; and continuing, irrational anger against Germans.