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Betsy S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2986) interviewed by Claire Paulus and Rina Margos

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2986

Videotape testimony of Betsy S., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1928. She recounts that her parents were Polish immigrants; German invasion in May 1940; her father continuing his business until 1942; meeting her future husband who was involved in the Resistance; going into hiding with her family; their arrest in June 1944; incarceration in Malines; deportation to Birkenau; separation from her father and brother (they did not survive); the trauma of not recognizing her mother after they were shaved; singing French songs while marching to Auschwitz; separation from her mother (she did not survive) when she was transferred to Wilischtal; sabotaging her work in a munitions factory; receiving extra food from German civilian workers; being forced to watch a prisoner publicly beaten to death; evacuation to Theresienstadt in April 1945; receiving Red Cross packages; liberation; transfer to Prague by the Red Cross; and repatriation to Namur. Mrs. S. notes the importance to her survival of being with one friend; fears, loneliness, and continuing sadness resulting from her experiences; and reluctance to discuss these years with her husband and her children.

Author/Creator
S., Betsy, 1928-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Betsy S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2986). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.