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Oral history interview with Shmuel Hacohen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.57 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0057

Shmuel Hacohen, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 7, 1926, discusses his extended family, most of whom were murdered; the food restrictions at the beginning of the war, National Socialism in Holland, and mobilization of the Dutch army; life in Amsterdam after the German invasion, including activities of the Judenrat; how in January 1941 the registration of Jews was organized by the Dutch Interior Ministry; being transported to Westerbork in April 1943; life in the camp, its hierarchy, hospital, concerts, and opera; his transport to Bergen Belsen; the changing conditions of the camp during his time there; the liberation of the camp; being taken to Risa, north of Leipzig, to a Polish POW camp where he contracted typhoid fever; his return to Holland and the post-war antisemitism; and his immigration to Israel and his long period of adjustment to life in Israel.

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Shmuel Hacohen
interview:  1993 March 12
22 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-04-21 07:09:22
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