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Oral history interview with Sieny Kattenberg Cohen

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0054

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Sieny Kattenberg Cohen, born in March 1924 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, describes her childhood and family life; experiencing little antisemitism growing up; losing many of her rights and trying to escape from the Netherlands after the Nazi invasion in 1940; the Dutch queen escaping and losing hope after she left; finishing high school and interning at La Crèche nursing school in 1941; the deportation of her parents on May 26, 1943; avoiding deportation for so long by working at La Crèche hospital; eventually being forced to get children ready to be transported but not knowing what their fates would be; getting married on June 28, 1943 to a man with whom she had worked; the final round-up of everyone at La Crèche on September 29, 1943; going into hiding in late 1943 and placing some of the children from La Crèche with families willing to take them; her liberation on May 4, 1945 and emerging from the small hiding place in which she had stayed for a year and a half; seeing Dutch people who had collaborated with the Germans shaved in the streets; and remaining in the Netherlands after the war to help take care of her father-in-law.

Interviewee
Sieny K. Cohen
Interviewer
Adina Conn
Date
1990 October 12  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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