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Susana A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2962) interviewed by Leo Spitzer and Marianne Hirsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2962

Videotape testimony of Susana A., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1930. She tells of emigrating to Paris with her parents when she was six months old; the births of three brothers; cordial relations with non-Jews; her father's enlistment when war began; his discharge; his arrest in 1940 (they never saw him again); leaving school to help at home after her fourth brother's birth; occasional letters from her father; her mother bringing the children to an agency when she could no longer feed them; their return home in June 1942; her mother bringing them to a Catholic organization; living in a convent; the nuns bringing the Jewish children to Sarthe; receiving false papers; working as a domestic for two years while keeping her youngest brother with her; liberation by United States troops; and reunion with her brothers and mother. Mrs. A. describes living in an orphanage with her brothers for another year; returning to her mother in Paris; their emigration to Bolivia in 1947; marriage; and the births of her children. She discusses the hardships her mother endured while trying to save and support five children; continuing nightmares; and reluctance to share her experience with her children.

A., Susana, 1930-
La Paz, Bolivia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 23, 1995.
Warsaw (Poland)
Paris (France)
Sarthe (France)
4 copies: Hi8 master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Susana A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2962). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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