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Oral history interview with Rita Boas Koupman

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.148.0005

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Rita Boas Koupman describes life in the Netherlands between 1940 and 1943; the attitude towards the German invasion of the Netherlands; the marking of Jewish identity cards by Germans; how her brother saved the son of Dutch Nazis from drowning, which postponed her family’s deportation; being in Vught Concentration Camp from 1943 to 1944; being a prisoner in Auschwitz Concentration Camp from 1944 to 1945; the train journey to Auschwitz and her impressions upon arrival at the camp; the reception from a Jewish girl dressed as a SS women; seeing prisoners fighting for bread; civilian workers questioning the nature of the camp; seeing that the Germans were fearful; her personal attitude towards survival; being on a death march away from the camp in 1945; being in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945; arriving in Bergen-Belsen; the discovery of food whilst clearing a SS woman’s room; the reaction to the cutting of hair; and hearing about the end of the war in train heading for Sweden in May 1945.

Interviewee
Rita Koupman
Date
1972  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette : analog.
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, purchased from the Imperial War Museum
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:40:00
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