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Sue K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1354) interviewed by Frania Block and Laure Gutman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1354

Videotape testimony of Sue K., who was born in Roz︠h︡ishche, Ukraine (then Poland) in 1931, one of six children. She recalls her father and brother emigrating to the United States in 1938; brief Soviet occupation; German invasion; her mother's rape by a Ukrainian neighbor; ghettoization; learning the Catholic catechism to pose as a non-Jew; escaping with her sister and brother; separation from them; hiding on a farm; and learning of her brother's murder. She recounts hiding in the woods; working on another farm as a non-Jew; liberation by Soviet troops; living in an orphanage in Kiev; returning to Poland in 1945; learning of the murder of her mother and siblings; placement in a Jewish orphanage in Łódź; and joining her father in the United States in 1948. Mrs. K. discusses nightmares about her brother's death; her hope that her sister might have survived after their separation and is still alive; her sense that she works so hard to prove she deserved to survive; and the role of luck in her survival. She reads a letter she wrote to her father in 1947.

Author/Creator
K., Sue, 1931-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
December 4, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sue K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1354). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1091662
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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