Chaya R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4001)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
- Interview Date
- May 7 and May 14, 1998.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Chaya R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4001). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Chaya R., who was born in Utrecht, Netherlands in 1925, the fourth of five children. She recounts her family's farm in a rural village; her father working in the diamond trade; not being raised with a Jewish identity; attending a progressive school in Hilversum headed by Joop Westerweel; visiting an orphanage of German refugee children; acquiring her sense of being Jewish from that experience; joining a Zionist youth group; one brother's emigration to Canada; two Jewish girls from Germany living with them for eighteen months until their departure for the United States; German invasion in May 1940; anti-Jewish regulations, including expulsion from school; one sister hiding Jews; deportation with her parents, maternal grandmother, and brother to Westerbork; receiving packages from her sisters; release after her father bribed the Germans with diamonds; living in Amsterdam; obtaining false papers; the underground placing her in several locations, including Westerweel's home; placement at a farm in Friesland in November 1943; visits from her sister; obtaining food from neighbors for her family in hiding and the underground; occasionally attending church with her host family; one visit to her parents; learning one sister had been deported; liberation; returning home; reunion with her family (all of her siblings and both parents had survived); attending a Zionist course; working at a dairy; emigrating to Palestine in 1947; her father's death; marriage; and her mother coming to live with them. She discusses nightmares of running from Germans; continuing contact with the family in Friesland who hid her; and having them honored by Yad Vashem.