Susana A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2962) interviewed by Leo Spitzer and Marianne Hirsch
- La Paz, Bolivia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- March 23, 1995.
- 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.
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.