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

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    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.
    S., Eva, 1940-
    Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
    Interview Date
    January 28, 1985.
    Piotrków Trybunalski
    Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Königstein im Taunus (Germany)
    Hove (England)
    New York (N.Y.)
    Cite As
    Eva S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-516). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Abrams, Sylvia F. (Sylvia Fleck)

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Childbirth in Jewish ghettos.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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