Sun, Mar 31|
Holocaust Museum LA
Sunday Survivor Talk with Betty Hyatt
When speaking to students, Betty always instructs, "do not hate, the future is on you." Survivor talks are generously supported by Arnold L. Gilberg, MD, PhD and Family.
Time & Location
Mar 31, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Betty Hyatt was born in 1934 in Antwerp, Belgium to Dutch parents. In May 1940, Nazi Germany invaded Belgium. Betty’s parents fled with their family and intended to go to Surinam, then a Dutch colony, by way of Portugal. As they trekked out of Belgium, Betty’s family was caught in Vichy France. Since they were not French citizens, they were not allowed to travel any further. They settled in a small town and soon received aid from the French resistance. After the Germans sent her father to forced labor, her mother became very active in the resistance and took Betty with her to meetings. Even though she was a young child, Betty became a messenger and alerted local farmers to light bonfires to designate safe landing places for Allied Special Forces paratroopers. Betty lived in France for the rest of the war under a false identity. After liberation, she learned that her father had perished in Auschwitz. Betty, her mother, and her brother immigrated to the United States in 1946. She settled in Los Angeles where she married, had two sons, and established a career as a social worker.
No RSVP required, but space is limited.
Survivor talks are generously supported by Arnold L. Gilberg, MD, PhD and Family.