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Shawn B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-313) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-313

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Shawn B., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1940 and moved to Vilnius soon after. She recalls her mother putting a cross on her and leaving her outside the ghetto near a church on a Sunday; being taken home by a judge and his wife who were helping many Jews; not being allowed outside until she spoke Lithuanian; a brief visit from her mother (the judge had helped her escape from Kaiserwald); arrest with her foster family (they were killed); placement in prison with only women; a German taking her to adopt when the others were shot; placement in a Catholic orphanage; praying her mother would return after the war; her mother's arrival; briefly living in Łódź and in Berlin for a year; emigration to the United States; her mother becoming a registered nurse; and her marriage. Ms. B. discusses not ever wanting to be indebted to anyone as a result of her experiences; her postwar identity as a Catholic and slowly feeling Jewish; integration of her mother's story into "Anya: A Novel"; and continuing gratitude to the family that saved her.
    Author/Creator
    B., Shawn, 1940-
    Published
    Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1984
    Interview Date
    October 13, 1984.
    Locale
    Lithuania
    Vilnius
    Poland
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Shawn B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-313). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Moskovitz, Sarah, interviewer.
    Notes
    Related publication: Anya: A Novel / Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. -- New York : Macmillan, c1974.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 1 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

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

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4293402
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
    This page:
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