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Catharina K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4316) interviewed by Rik Hemmerijckx,

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    Videotape testimony of Catharina K., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1929. She recounts that her father was a widower with two children when he married her mother; their diamond business; being spoiled until the war; their assimilated lifestyle and large extended family; attending a French public school; German invasion; fleeing to Ostend, Paris, Roaillan, then Lisbon; their emigration to Jakarta a few months later to join her half-brother; living in Bandung; her father and brother starting a diamond business; attending a Christian school; Japanese invasion; confiscation of their possessions, then imprisonment in a camp; forced labor; a Japanese beating a friend to death when she did not bow properly; creating sixty-seven small books of sketches; transfer with her mother to another camp near Jakarta; her father's transfer elsewhere; women lighting candles on Sabbath; assistance from her mother's friend who was a nurse; Japanese torturing women who smuggled goods over the fence; many people dying from disease; her mother's illness; liberation in 1945; assistance from British troops; reunion with her father in Bandung; living in Salvation Army quarters; repatriation by the Red Cross via Singapore to Amsterdam; learning almost their entire extended families were killed, including her half-sister; her father's mental illness resulting from the war; his death in 1950; marriage; emigration to the United States with her mother; and their return to Antwerp. Ms. K. discusses the Iraqi Jewish women having the lowest status in the camps; nightmares and physical illnesses resulting from her experiences; sharing her story with her children; identifying herself as a humanist religiously, but ethnically as a Jew; and her artwork, which reflects her war experiences. She shows some of the books she made in the concentration camps.
    K., Catharina, 1927-
    Wilrijk, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2003
    Interview Date
    March 19, 2003.
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Ostend (Belgium)
    Paris (France)
    Roaillan (France)
    Lisbon (Portugal)
    Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Bandung (Indonesia)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Cite As
    Catharina K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4316). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hemmerijckx, Rik, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Dutch.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 49 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Postwar effects.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Concentration camp inmates. Video tapes. Women. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Identification (Religion) Jewish refugees. Jews--Migrations. Forced labor. Fathers and daughters. Mothers and daughters. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Nightmares. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Belgium. Antwerp (Belgium) Ostend (Belgium) Paris (France) Roaillan (France) Lisbon (Portugal) Jakarta (Indonesia) Bandung (Indonesia) Indonesia--History--Japanese occupation, 1942-1945. Amsterdam (Netherlands) Oral histories (document genres) K., Catharina,--1927- International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Salvation Army.

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