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Oral history interview with Carolina van Rhijn

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.92 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0092

Carolina van Rhijn, born in 1926 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, describes the absence of antisemitism when she was growing up; her memories of the German invasion in 1940; the conditions during the German occupation; being ordered to go to a work camp in July 1942; her escape from Amsterdam with five other people and hiding throughout Belgium from 1942 to 1945; living with a woman and her son for a few months; going to Verviers, Belgium where they had false documents and lived in the attic of a family’s home; her memories of being found by German soldiers in the attic, but not being detained; hiding in Pepinster, Belgium for a year; listening illegally to the BBC on the radio; being liberated by the American troops; being caught in a combat area during a German counter-offensive in Verviers, Belgium; the fate of her parents in Auschwitz; and her life after the war.

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van Rhijn, Carolina
Alster, Zelma
interview:  2011 August 29
Oral histories.
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:13:27
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