Abraham D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4312) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx
- Kraainem, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2002
- Interview Date
- December 3, 2002.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Abraham D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4312). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Abraham D., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1907, one of three children. He recounts his father's profession as a master diamond cutter; the family moving to Amsterdam in 1907; their assimilated lifestyle; returning to Antwerp in 1928; training with his father as a diamond cutter; joining Maccabi and a non-sectarian sport club; marriage; the birth of a son; his wife's death from illness in 1939; living with his parents so his mother could care for his son; German invasion in 1940; obtaining papers as non-Jews; his parents going into hiding; moving to Brussels where no one knew him; arrest with his brother in April 1943; their imprisonment in St. Gilles; transfer to Malines; never identifying themselves as Jews; deportation about four weeks later; escaping with his brother and three others from the train; returning to Brussels via Louvain; joining his parents; a non-Jewish neighbor, to whom they had given their business, bringing them money weekly; learning after the war that his sister, her children, and most of his extended family had been killed; marriage to his second wife; and the births of two daughters. Mr. D. attributes his, his brother's, and parents' survival to luck and notes not believing in God due to seeing such misery.