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Eva S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2288) interviewed by Susan Land and Alice Epstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2288

Videotape testimony of Eva S., who was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1923. She recalls family life prior to Nazism; her father's death while preparing to emigrate; anti-Semitic incidents; expulsion from school; being sent to Holland in 1936; her mother joining her in Amsterdam; German invasion in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; learning to be a furrier; escaping deportation in 1942 with assistance from Dutch women; working in a fur factory; four days in a collection center (a former theater); deportation to Vught; forced labor in a workshop making fur coats from used garments; learning about Auschwitz; and avoiding deportations through her job. Mrs. S. recounts the trauma of the night when the children were deported; passing the tests to work for Philips; learning physics and electronics with other female prisoners from Dr. Cohen, which saved their lives; deportation to Auschwitz as a special work detail; working for Telefunken in Reichenbach; transfer as a special work detail to Gross Rosen; a camp official providing extra food and preventing their deportation to Bergen-Belsen; relations with Polish, Romani, and Soviet prisoners; a death march to camps in Broumov and Trutnov; evacuation in open cattle cars to Eidelstedt; liberation; and recovering in Sweden and Denmark.

Author/Creator
S., Eva, 1923-
Published
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Oral History Project, 1993
Interview Date
October 25, 1993.
Locale
Germany
Koblenz (Germany)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Broumov (Královéhradecký kraj, Czech Republic)
Trutnov (Czech Republic)
Denmark
Sweden
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2288). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.