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Julia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-934) interviewed by Lucille B. Ritvo and Mindy Brownstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-934

Videotape testimony of Julia S., who was born in Amsterdam, in 1937. Mrs. S. describes her German Christian mother's marriage to a Dutch Jew (her "legal father"); their move to Amsterdam in 1933; their estrangement and her mother's relationship with another Dutch Jew (Julia's "biological father"); and her mother's liaison with a third Dutch Jew (her "stepfather") after the occupation of Holland. She recalls her stepfather's acquiring false papers from the Resistance; the family's relocation to Blaricum to avoid the Germans; and discovering, at age four, a hiding place for Jews in their house, which included her stepfather's girlfriend, her daughter, his parents, Julia's legal father and others. She tells of Resistance support for her mother's activities; attending school as a Christian using her mother's maiden name; several raids (the hidden Jews were never found); an uncle in the SS who helped her mother escape arrest; nearly being arrested herself; and her mother sheltering a Wehrmacht deserter while posing as a Nazi supporter. She discusses her stepfather's conversion to Christianity; her marriage to a Christian; her conversion to Judaism; and treatment in the 1960s with LSD for psychological problems related to the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
S., Julia, 1937-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
June 3, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Julia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-934). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.