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Elizabeth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-595) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-595

Videotape testimony of Elizabeth S., who was born in Paris, France in approximately 1938. She recounts traveling with her mother to Toulouse after German invasion; reunion with her father; his leaving them (he was recognizable as a Jew because he was a well-known violinist); living in a non-Jewish friend's chateau as non-Jews; Germans being billeted with them; wearing a cross (she did not know she was Jewish); placement in a convent; visits from her mother; learning catechism and being confirmed; transfer to an orphanage; being told the war was over; returning to Paris with her mother; living with her father in Sweden in 1947 (he had been in Auschwitz for two years, and in the orchestra there); learning she was Jewish; returning to France in 1949; emigration with her parents to the United States in 1954; her father's return to Sweden; and marriage to a Jewish man. Ms. S. discusses hearing atrocity stories of Auschwitz from her father; negative feelings about being Jewish, although being proud of being a Jew; and always feeling cared for during a childhood in which she was frequently uprooted.

S., Elizabeth, 1938?-
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1985
Interview Date
April 10, 1985.
Paris (France)
Toulouse (France)
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elizabeth S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-595). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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