Eva D. testimony 1983 [video recording]
Date of Recording07 July 1983
Duration2h 34m 13.0s
SynopsisEva D. was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1928. She describes her family and how her father had British citizenship. She describes the Jewish community and her family’s religious practices. She recalls the German occupation and changes to laws. Eva recalls her father hiding in France for one month and returning to the family. She describes her experience wearing a yellow star at school. Eva recalls her father’s deportation to Leopoldsburg internment camp and visiting him. She describes receiving assistance from non-Jewish neighbours and her family’s work with the Maquis resistance. She recalls her family’s deportation to Mechelen and being released after two months. Eva describes her arrest and deportation to Auschwitz with her mother. She recalls forced labour, abuse from the guards, and prisoners assisting one another. She describes being transferred to Bergen-Belsen and liberation by British troops. She recalls receiving assistance from the Red Cross, returning to her aunt’s house in Belgium, and reuniting with her siblings who were hidden in an orphanage. She recalls moving to Canada and sharing her experience with her children.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.