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Zsuzsanna O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1610) interviewed by Gloria Price and Diane M. Plotkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1610

Videotape testimony of Zsuzsanna O., who was born in Subotica, Yugoslavia in 1934. She recounts living in Békéscsaba until 1941; moving to Budapest; spending Jewish holidays with her grandfather in Subotica; rumors of atrocities against Jews; her beloved uncle's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1941 (he was killed); German invasion in 1944; anti-Jewish restrictions, including the yellow star; ghettoization; her non-Jewish governess hiding her family's belongings and providing food; her father's deportation in October; his return several weeks later; Allied bombings; her governess taking them to a Vatican safe house; forced relocation with her brother to the ghetto; shootings of Jews in the streets; her governess obtaining false papers and hiding them in a Swedish safe house, a convent, and other places; separation from her brother; a Jew, disguised as a Nazi, bringing her to her parents at a Red Cross hospital; her brother joining them; liberation by Soviet troops; her parent's adopting her governess; marriage; escaping to Germany during the 1956 Hungarian revolt; and emigration to the United States. Ms. O. discusses often wanting her family to commit suicide together during the war; emotional problems after the war due to her fears; and sharing her experiences with her children. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
O., Zsuzsanna, 1934-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
Interview Date
March 13, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zsuzsanna O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1610). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295792
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