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Bertha B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-240) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Brenda Steifel,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-240

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Bertha B., who was born in 1904 in Wiesbaden, Germany. She describes early family life; emigration to Antwerp in 1933; and prewar life in Antwerp with her family. She recalls the German occupation of Belgium in 1940; her family's failed attempt to flee to southern France; the deportation of her husband in 1942 (she never saw him again); and the Nazi capture of her mother and niece. Mrs. B. tells of placing her younger son in the care of the Belgian underground; her underground life in Brussels with her older son; the eventual removal of both sons to private homes; and her life in hiding. She recounts post-liberation life in Brussels and Antwerp; temporarily placing her children in a Jewish children's home; and emigration to the United States in 1950. She speaks of the difficulty of raising two sons alone; a breakdown which she suffered in 1953; and her eventual recovery. Mrs. B. also discusses the fates of family members in Europe and her children's lives.
    Author/Creator
    B., Bertha, 1904-1995.
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
    Interview Date
    March 7, 1984.
    Locale
    Belgium
    Germany
    Wiesbaden (Germany)
    Antwerp (Belgium)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Bertha B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-240). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Dwork, Bonnie, interviewer.
    Steifel, Brenda, interviewer.
    Notes
    This interview is conducted in German.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (54 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hiding.
    Husband Death.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/934740
    Record last modified:
    2018-03-06 14:08:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt934740

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