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Susan S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-876) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob and Raya Schapiro

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-876

Videotape testimony of Susan S., who was born in Krummau, Czechoslovakia in 1934 to a Jewish mother and German-Catholic father. Mrs. S. recounts her father's affluent family; being doted upon as the first grandchild; German annexation; fleeing to Budweis in September 1938; being joined by her maternal grandparents and uncle; attending Catholic school; the impact of curfews and wearing a star on her mother; her grandparents' and uncle's deportation in April 1942 (she never saw them again); her father leaving for forced labor in August 1944 due to his marriage to a Jew; her mother's deportations; living with intermarried friends (her father arranged it); seeking shelter after their arrest in December 1944; a bishop placing her in a Catholic orphanage; liberation by United States troops, including an African-American; and reunion with her father. Mrs. S. describes learning her mother was in Terezi̕n; traveling to Prague with her father; reunion with her mother; their return to Budweis; her mother's illness and nightmares; and their emigration to the United States in February 1949. She discusses dealing with separation from her parents; corresponding with her father; "becoming" Jewish; difficulties discussing the war years with her mother; and her mother's discussions with Mrs. S.'s children.

Author/Creator
S., Susan, 1934-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1991
Interview Date
November 19, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Susan S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-876). 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/4282605
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