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Eva S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-516) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-516

Videotape testimony of Eva S., who was born in the Piotrków Trybunalski ghetto in 1940. She recounts her mother's death when she was seven months old; her aunt smuggling her and a younger cousin (Naomi) out of the ghetto; placement with a Polish woman in Warsaw, who then left her on a doorstep in a suburb; the woman of the house accepting her as her own; being baptized; attending Mass weekly; her aunt claiming her after the war; her "mother's" refusal to give her up and her own desire to remain; her aunt's legal action leading to her "mother's" acquiescence; moving with her aunt, her husband, and Naomi to displaced persons camps in Berlin, then Zeilsheim; moving to Frankfurt; adoption by her aunt and uncle (her aunt had two biological children after that); attending a convent school in Königstein; moving to New York City in 1952, then to Canada for a year; returning to Germany; attending boarding schools in Hove, England and Switzerland; attending university in the United States; marriage to an American in 1961; traveling to Poland with her husband and children in 1976; and finding her "mother", the Polish woman with whom she lived during the war. Ms. S. discusses the trauma of leaving her "mother"; her confused religious identity; gratitude that her aunt and uncle treated her so well; and shame resulting in not sharing her story when she was young. She shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
S., Eva, 1940-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
Interview Date
January 28, 1985.
Locale
Poland
Piotrków Trybunalski
Germany
Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Königstein im Taunus (Germany)
Hove (England)
New York (N.Y.)
Canada
Switzerland
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eva S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-516). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.