Regine B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4286) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx
- Antwerp, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2001
- Interview Date
- December 13, 2001.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Regine B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4286). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Regine B., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1920. She recounts moving to Antwerp when she was eleven months; living in a non-Jewish neighborhood; no one knowing her family was Jewish; German invasion; registering as a Jew (no one else in her family did); an official offering to help her; being baptized as a result; working informally for the resistance; her position as a governess in Brasschaat; deportation to Malines in 1943; her mother and sister visiting; transfer to Auschwitz in May 1944; slave labor digging trenches and other jobs; observing a woman give birth (the baby died shortly thereafter); sabotaging her work in a factory; several hospitalizations; a death march to Ravensbrück, then Malchow; liberation from a death march; assistance from French prisoners, including her future husband; returning home to her family; marriage; the births of two children; her husband's suicide; remarriage; and the birth of her third child. Ms. B. discusses her state of mind in the camps; the oppressive filth; not sharing her experiences with her children, wanting to spare them; her emotional problems resulting from her experiences; recently speaking at schools; writing a book, and leadership of a survivor organization.