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Oral history interview with Henriette From-Cohen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.345.12 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0012

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Henriette From, born in Holland in 1923, describes living comfortably as an Orthodox Jew in Amsterdam until the age of 17; the German invasion of Holland in 1940; going into hiding in 1942; staying in hiding for nearly two years, during which time she got married; being betrayed by the foster daughter of the family that was hiding them; being five months pregnant and taken by the Germans by cattle car to Birkenau; her work building a new railroad; being beaten; her large dress hiding her pregnancy; having her daughter born prematurely at eight months; her baby being taken one night and dying; surviving the starvation, the hard labor, and the illnesses at the camp until the Russian troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau; staying in the Russian zone for six months before returning to her family home in Amsterdam; marrying her second husband and having a child; realizing that she could no longer live in the country that held so many terrible memories for her; and moving to Los Angeles, CA, where she established new roots.

Interviewee
Henriette From-Cohen
Date
1983 December 03  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
1 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles
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