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Marion L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-543) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-543

Videotape testimony of Marion L., who was born in Amsterdam in 1938. Mrs. L.'s first specific memory is of her family being picked up by the Nazis and their deportation to Westerbork. She recalls that her family spoke Dutch in their home; that she always understood German but never heard Yiddish; and the secret language which she and her twin brother spoke in the camps. She relates her parents' ability to cope and describes conditions in Westerbork where the family stayed for about one year. She remembers playing there and that life revolved around the arrival and departure of trains. She tells of her arrival at Bergen-Belsen and the endless appells and playing a game of killing lice. She describes the camp conditions; seeing corpses everywhere; mass graves; and the feeling that this was normal, which arose from never having known another way of life. She relates the family's departure on an eastbound transport, their liberation in a small town and the feeling that conditions there were like paradise.

Author/Creator
L., Marion, 1938-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
March 26, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marion L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-543). 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/967635
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