Holocaust Survivor Rachel G. (5/5)

Rachel G. Edited Testimony (HVT-8062)

A child survivor from Brussels, Belgium, relates her wartime experiences. She tells of her leave taking from her parents, and lovingly recalls the kindness of the priest, nuns, and childless couple who helped her survive in hiding. She also recounts her postwar reunion and experiences with her mother.

Born in Belgium in 1934, Rachel enjoyed a brief childhood going to school and playing with other kids. Young Rachel had no idea her name was already enlisted among those destined to suffer.

Her life soon took the devastating turn when the Germans invaded her country on May 10th, 1940. The new law in the country would devoid Rachel of any color of life a child has right to by birth.

6-year-old Rachel soon understood that she was not allowed to attend school and play with kids in the street. When her mom would tell her she is not supposed to do things she usually would, Rachel rebelled with all her innocence only to discover that it’s just the beginning of a life-long journey of extreme suffering.

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