Westerbork meisje

Steffie van den Oord Short documentary - 2007 - 48 min.

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When there is something on TV about the Holocaust, Hannelore Cahn has to watch it. She is 83 now, lives in the US, speaks English with an American accent and put a couple of all-American children into the world. World War II ended long ago, but in Hannelore's life it left deep scars. In Westerbork, the transit camp near the Dutch-German border, she waited for deportation to the extermination camps. Being a performer in the camp revue as a Westerbork Girl, she had a privileged position. While masses of other people passed the camp and went to their death by train, Hannelore could stay. In the camp she entered into a marriage of convenience. Strangely enough, especially because she was spectacularly smuggled from the camp by the Jewish actor Rob de Vries, the love of her life, but returned one week later on her own volition. Rob's son Edwin visits Hannelore. Louis de Wijze, who worshipped Hannelore as her fellow prisoner, performs songs from the Westerbork revue.

Credits

Producer(s) Rolf Orthel
Production Company DNU Film
Director of Photography
Editing
Elmer Leupen
Sound Design
Sound on Set
TV Company
Production Country
Netherlands