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Oral history interview with Rebecca Siegel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.225 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0225

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The interview describes Ms. Siegel's childhood in Amsterdam, Netherlands; her memories of the invasion of Holland by Nazi Germany in 1940; and her father's activities in helping Jewish refugees from Poland and Germany. Ms. Siegel describes being forced to leave her elementary school for a Jewish school in June 1941; the family's move to a Jewish ghetto in Amsterdam; conditions for Jews under the Nazi occupation; and her family's deportation to Westerbork in September 1942. Ms. Siegel discusses her experiences in Westerbork; the family's deportation to Bergen-Belsen and the terrible conditions there; and her father's death while in Bergen-Belsen. She describes being transported on a train in April 1945 to an unknown destination; the abandonment of the train by Nazi troops; and her family's liberation by American soldiers. Ms. Siegel describes their return to Amsterdam; her life in the Netherlands after the war; and the family's immigration to the United States in 1951.

Interviewee
Rebecca Siegel
Date
1994 May 12  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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