Eva S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-516) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams,
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.
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
- Interview Date
- January 28, 1985.
Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Königstein im Taunus (Germany)
New York (N.Y.)
- 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.