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Susan P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3149) interviewed by Steven Gonzer and Rose Magel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3149

Videotape testimony of Susan P., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1938. She recounts her father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1940; his return a few months later; his conscription in May 1942 (she never saw him again); German occupation in March 1944; her mother obtaining Catholic baptismal papers for them in October; their move to a Swedish safe house; bringing food to her grandmother in the ghetto, posing as non-Jews; her mother bribing a Hungarian policeman with her wedding ring during a round-up; hiding, beginning in November, in a factory, then an apartment; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; her mother's remarriage in 1946; her stepfather's death in 1951; and emigrating due to antisemitism after the 1956 revolution. Mrs. P. discusses her lack of fear during the war due to confidence in her mother; the deaths of many relatives; and a deep sense of the loss of her father becoming keener more recently. She shows photographs and documents.

P., Susan, 1938-
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1995
Interview Date
May 25, 1995.
Budapest (Hungary)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Susan P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3149). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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