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Anonymous Holocaust testimony (HVT-4188) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4188

Videotape testimony of a non-Jewish woman who was born in 1913 in Belgium. She recounts her happy childhood; marriage in spring 1932; moving shortly thereafter to Latvia, where her husband's family owned fur and textile businesses; living in Limbaži and Rīga; cordial relations with Jews, Germans, Russians, and Latvians; observing overt antisemitism in Germany while traveling to visit her family in Belgium; Latvian nationalism beginning in 1935, which included antisemitism; rabbis advising Jews to emigrate; Soviet occupation; German invasion in June 1941; observing ghettoization, round-ups, and deportations, including their Jewish neighbors, whom they never saw or heard from again; the arrival of Jews from western Europe to the ghetto; her sister-in-law's arrest for attempting to give bread to Jews in the ghetto; her release six weeks later; fleeing Rīga by ship with her husband and son in October 1943; her husband's death en route; arrival in Germany; living with another sister-in-law in Berlin during Allied bombings; traveling with her son to Liège in May; and her father bringing them home from there. The witness notes frequent nightmares due to her experiences.

Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1998
Interview Date
September 17, 1998.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub, and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Anonymous Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4188). 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/4921989
Record last modified: 2016-01-27 09:59:00
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