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Oral history interview with Chaya Rachamim

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.344 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0344

Chaya Rachamim, born in Loosdrecht, Netherlands in 1925, describes growing up in a secular Jewish family; receiving a special education in a school that specialized in teaching about equality, democracy, and anti-militarism; meeting Jewish refugees from Germany; wondering if the Jews would still experience persecution if they had their own country; her introduction to the ideas of Zionism; being sent to Westerbork when the war broke out; her release and escaping further detention to Friesland, where she worked on a dairy farm under an assumed name; staying at the farm for the duration of the war; getting in contact with the Dutch underground, with which her older sister was affiliated; reuniting with her family after the war; her desire to immigrate to Palestine; learning more about dairy farming to be successful in Palestine; and in later life working to have the farmer who hid her during the war to be granted the title “Righteous Gentile.”

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Chaya Rachamim
interview:  1998 May 02
8 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:24
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