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Rosa K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1265) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lucille B. Ritvo,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1265

Videotape testimony of Rosa K., who was born in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1932. Ms. K. recalls her non-observant upbringing; her intellectual, politically active parents; a German Jewish boy temporarily left in the family's care when his parents fled Germany in 1939 (he eventually was deported); the Nazi invasion in May 1940; her parents' unsuccessful attempt to leave Holland; increasing anti-Semitic restrictions; the disappearance of many friends; and her parents' decision to go into hiding during an Aktion in late 1942. She tells of separation from her family; hiding with a succession of families in Amsterdam, Muiderberg, Arnhem and Utrecht; a socialist couple in Utrecht who cared for her for more than a year; another Jewish girl also hidden by the couple; narrow escapes from two German searches; moving to several homes in Zeist after her hosts' activities attracted attention; and suffering from severe hunger in winter 1944-1945. She recounts Allied liberation; reunion with her father and brother; their initial desire to forget the war and return to normalcy; the family's reluctance to discuss her mother's fate; and learning from a visitor in mid-1945 of her death in Bergen-Belsen.

K., Rosa, 1932-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
July 7, 1989.
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Muiderberg (Netherlands)
Arnhem (Netherlands)
Utrecht (Netherlands)
Zeist (Netherlands)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rosa K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1265). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.