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Living Testimony from the Holocaust

Production year: 2006 | 1x60' | Genres: History
Prior to the Second World War, some 2,000 Jews lived in Norway...
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Holocaust - tidsvitner
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

Prior to the Second World War, some 2,000 Jews lived in Norway; today, only a handful are still alive. This documentary features interviews with five of the survivors, three men and two women. Three are alive because they succeeded in evading arrest, the other two because chance enabled them to survive incarceration in Auschwitz. Common to them all is that they lost many of their closest relatives - in some cases, all of them. In this programme they provide a sober account of their harrowing experiences.

Those taking part are:

Jo BENKOW, who fled across the border to Sweden with his father in autumn 1942. The female members of the family, who had to be left behind in Norway, were all deported, to die in German concentration camps.

Sammy STEINMANN was arrested on 26 October 1942 and deported in the cramped hold of the SS Donau on 26 November that same year. He was sent to Auschwitz, where he was a prisoner from December 1942 until his liberation by the Red Army in January 1945. All the rest of his family perished in the death camps.

Julius PALTIEL was arrested in Trondheim in October 1942. Held first in a labour camp at Falstad, outside Trondheim, in January 1943 he was deported to Germany on board the SS Gotenland. He remained a prisoner in Auschwitz from February 1943 until January 1945. Both his brother and his parents died in German concentration camps.

Fanny RASCOW escaped to Sweden with her husband early in 1942. The rest of her family were deported and murdered in German concentration camps.

Jenny WULFF, who was married to an Englishman, Ilai Wulff, was arrested on 26 October 1942, together with the other members of her family. Because her husband was English, she was sent to Bretvedt women's prison and thus escaped the fate of the rest of her family, who were deported to Germany on the SS Donau. Later, she too was deported. Following imprisonment in Germany and France, she was liberated by the Americans in 1945. Her parents, two of her sisters and both her brothers died in German concentration camps.

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