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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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    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.
    B., Shawn, 1940-
    Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1984
    Interview Date
    October 13, 1984.
    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.
    Related publication: Anya: A Novel / Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. -- New York : Macmillan, c1974.

    Physical Details

    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.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Child survivors.

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