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Suzan D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4464) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Barbara Hadley Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4464

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.

D., Suzan, 1937-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2013
Interview Date
August 26, 2013.
Berehove (Ukraine)
Banská Bystrica (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
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.
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