Suzan D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4464) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2013
- Interview Date
- August 26, 2013.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Suzan D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4464). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Suzan D., who was born in Berehove, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1937 and raised in Banská Bystrica. She recalls baking with her mother for Shabbat; her brother's birth; her father's departure when she was five; her mother's sister coming to bring them back to the family in Berehove; her mother sending her, but remaining with the baby, hoping her husband would return; living with her maternal grandparents and aunt; being smuggled to Hungary with her aunt; her aunt placing her in a Budapest orphanage; her aunt's non-Jewish friend bringing her extra food at night; placement with foster parents who promised to return her to her aunt should she return home; hiding with her foster parents who had false papers; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Berehove with her aunt; learning her parents and brother were “all gone”; daily visits to her family home, hoping one of her parents would return; antisemitic harrassment in school; her aunt emigrating to the United States; emigrating to Israel with another aunt and her family; marriage in 1956; her son's birth; emigration to the United States in 1960; and her second son's birth in 1961. Ms. D. discusses her continuing grief at the loss of her immediate family; the relatives who raised her discouraging her from discussing her parents; and recently sharing her story with her children. She shows photographs.