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Luna H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4337) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4337

Videotape testimony of Luna H., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the only child of Turkish parents. She recounts speaking French at home; her father annually renewing their Turkish citizenship; visiting relatives in Antwerp and France; German invasion; her father hiding a non-Turkish Jew; her father's belief they were protected by their Turkish citizenship; being rounded-up to the theater in Amsterdam; deportation to Westerbork; attending school and a cabaret; deportation a year later (September 15, 1944) to Bergen-Belsen; assignment to the Star camp, then the neutrals camp; hunger; caring for her mother when she had dysentery; believing in God after her mother recovered; Italian prisoners singing; ceasing to talk to anyone as conditions deteriorated; her father's heroic deeds; occasional Red Cross packages; transport to Denmark, then Sweden; embarkation on a ship to Istanbul; attending a French-Catholic school; returning to Amsterdam in 1947; marriage to an American soldier; and emigration to the United States in 1956. Ms. H. discusses learning four years ago that the Joint and Red Cross were instrumental in their rescue, and her deep gratitude to them.

Author/Creator
H., Luna, 1934-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 2005
Interview Date
August 8, 2005.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Luna H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4337). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.