Elizabeth S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-595) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz
- Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1985
- Interview Date
- April 10, 1985.
- 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.
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.