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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4188

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Latvia
    Rīga
    Belgium
    Limbaži (Latvia)
    Rīga (Latvia)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Liège (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Anonymous Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4188). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Rosenfeldt, Michel, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP dub, and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 40 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Bystanders.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4921989
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:40:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4921989

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