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Susan B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-343) interviewed by Donald K. Freedheim

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-343

Videotape testimony of Susan B., who was born in 1924 in Topoĺčany, Czechoslovakia. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; her father's medical practice; gradual anti-Jewish restrictions enforced by Hlinka guards; assistance from her father's pharmacist colleagues; a non-Jewish neighbor warning them teenage girls were to be deported; she and her cousin being smuggled into Hungary via Sered; assistance from relatives in Galanta; traveling to Budapest; living with her grandparents; her parents' arrival; living on false papers; arrest; incarceration with Hannah Szenes; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her father; assignment with her mother to the sewing room; hospitalization; her father obtaining medication for her; a death march to Ravensbrück; her mother's assistance en route; their transfer to Neustadt/Glewe; encouragement from French POWs; liberation by Soviet troops; walking to Ludwigslust; living in Celle displaced persons camp; assistance from the Red Cross to travel to Prague, then Bratislava; reunion with her father in Budapest; returning home; studying medicine in Bratislava; meeting her future husband; antisemitism; emigrating to the United States; and marriage. Ms. B. discusses writing her experiences immediately after the war; lack of interest by others at that time; inability to laugh or cry for a long time; frequent discussions with her parents about their past; and sharing her story with her daughter. She shows documents.

Author/Creator
B., Susan, 1924-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 10, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Susan B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-343). 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/4293589
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