SynopsisBente T. was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 2, 1935. She describes her family and heritage. She recalls the German invasion in April of 1940. She recalls her childhood under occupation and seeing soldiers. She recalls her parents discussing leaving Denmark. She describes fleeing to Sweden with her parents and extended family. She recalls being separated from her family for a short time and reuniting. She describes staying in a hotel near Norrkoping with other displaced people. She describes the living conditions and community of Jewish refugees. She discusses the operation of the hotel. Bente recalls returning to Denmark after the end of the war. She describes the Jewish community and attending school after the war. She discusses her marriage and decision to immigrate. She recalls her mother’s illness. She discusses her relationship with her non-Jewish in-laws. She describes settling in Kitimat, British Columbia. She recalls antisemitic experiences after arriving in Canada. Bente discusses her religious identification and how her practices changed after arriving in Canada. She describes moving to Prince George. She discusses leaving her husband and moving to Burnaby. She discusses her relationship with her children. She recalls how she became involved with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. She discusses her return to Judaism. Bente discusses her childhood experience compared to other child survivors. She discusses her identity as a survivor. Bente shows photographs.
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