Susan Q. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3090) interviewed by Ernest Forrai
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
- Interview Date
- May 9, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Susan Q. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3090). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Susan Q., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands to a prominent Sephardic, rabbinic family with a long Dutch history. She recalls a large extended family; German invasion; learning dressmaking, then nursing; working with her sisters at a Jewish mental hospital; her parents' deportation to Westerbork in 1942; their release when a friend provided false papers for them; hiding during round-ups; her older sister's deportation to Auschwitz (she did not return); being forced to assist at the castrations of Jewish men married to non-Jews; receiving notice for deportation; her parents arranging for her and her sister to be hidden separately; learning her parents were deported after she left (they did not return); hiding in Bussum; receiving false papers; working for a baroness in Baarn; being treated as a family member; liberation by Canadian troops; returning to Amsterdam; reunion with her sister; nursing training in Leiden and Oxford; working in London; marriage; visiting her sister in Israel; divorce; meeting her second husband in Canada; emigration to Canada; and her charitable and organizational activities. She discusses a belated reaction to many wartime losses when her second husband died. Ms. Q. shows photographs and documents.