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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.
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.