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Claire S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2447) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2447

Videotape testimony of Claire S., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1935 to Polish parents. She recalls her parents' divorce; her father's remarriage; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; her mother requesting that non-Jewish neighbors care for Mrs. S.; her mother's deportation to Auschwitz (she never saw her again); her father visiting prior to being deported (he perished); a loving relationship with her foster family; not attending school for fear of discovery; and traveling to Liège and Verviers to avoid Gestapo searches. She recounts her aunt's legal action to obtain custody of her after the war; living with her aunt for six months; emigration in 1949 to live with relatives in the United States; adjustment difficulties; being placed in an orphanage and foster homes; and her determination to succeed despite her circumstances. Mrs. S. shows photographs of her family and reads a letter she received in the United States from her rescuers.

S., Claire, 1935-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
June 25, 1992.
Brussels (Belgium)
Liège (Belgium)
Verviers (Belgium)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Claire S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2447). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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