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Susan Q. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3090) interviewed by Ernest Forrai

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3090

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.

Author/Creator
Q., Susan, 1923-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1990
Interview Date
May 9, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290510
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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