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Oral history interview with Baruch Hod

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.68 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0068

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    Oral history interview with Baruch Hod


    Interview Summary
    Baruch Hod (né Baruch Van Der Hoeden), born 1924 in Utrecht, Netherlands, discusses his Zionist upbringing; his happy childhood; his father's secularism and Zionism; attending public school; the cordial relations between Jews and non-Jews; his mother's illness; his father's military draft in 1940; the May 1940 invasion of Holland by Germany; the lack of measures and antisemitism against Jews in Holland prewar; the 1941 restrictions; rationing food; wearing the yellow badge starting in 1942; Jewish schools starting; the deportation of the Jewish community; the knowledge of the existence of concentration camps since 1939; the Westerburg camp in Holland; the local non-Jewish community’s solidarity with their Jewish neighbors; the removal of property; obtaining false papers from the underground and hiding in Holland; the underground movement and his participation starting fall 1943; hiding with non-Jews in several locations, including an impoverished farm in Almelo for six months; briefly staying with his older sister, a nurse who lived as non-Jew; his last visit with his mother (she died in a sanatorium); moving to a farm in Lunteren in fall 1943; his capture by Nazis and torture; his escape and the underground movement finding him a safe place; the invasion of south Holland; the liberation by the Canadians, Americans, and British; reunion with family; the psychological effects of the war; joining the Zionist movement; locating hidden Jewish orphans; helping smuggle Jews and weapons to Palestine; meeting his future wife at a Hechalutz orphanage; immigrating to Israel in 1948 and healing from the war; his career as an educator; and attending a reunion of his underground unit in Holland in the 1970s.
    Baruch Hod
    interview:  1993 June 28
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    8 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Personal Name
    Hod, Baruch, 1924-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Baruch Hod in Israel on June 28, 1993, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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