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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-240

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.
Language
German
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bertha B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-240). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/934740
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