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Susan B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2008) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2008

Videotape testimony of Susan B., who was born in Michalovce, Czechoslovakia in 1927. She recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; increasing antisemitism in 1938; a priest who converted her family to ensure their safety; incarceration with her sister in the local jail for two nights for not wearing the star; hiding with a Christian family; her family's incarceration in Nováky; hiding with non-Jews; obtaining false papers; moving to Prešov, then Bratislava; joining her parents in Novaky; traveling with her sister to Trenčin; her sister's return to Novaky; living in Bratislava under an assumed name; arrest; deportation to Sered,̕ Auschwitz, and Kurzbach; forced labor; a death march to Gross-Rosen; train transport to Bergen-Belsen; meeting her aunt; hospitalization; assistance from her aunt and a friend; and liberation by British troops. Mrs. B. discusses recuperating in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; establishing contact with her father who was in Buchenwald; traveling to Prague; learning her entire immediate family had survived; their reunion in Michalovce; emigrating to Israel in 1949; marriage; and emigrating to the United States in 1958. Mrs. B. discusses many details of life in hiding and the camps, including her state of mind and the deaths of her large, extended family. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
B., Susan, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage,1992
Interview Date
February 6, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Susan B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2008). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.