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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-313

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.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shawn B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-313). 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/4293402
Record last modified: 2014-02-20 10:05:00
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