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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2986

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    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.
    S., Betsy, 1928-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
    Interview Date
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Namur (Belgium)
    Cite As
    Betsy S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2986). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Paulus, Claire, interviewer.
    Margos, Rina, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 37 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Child survivors.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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