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Susan F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1622) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Helen Silverman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1622

Videotape testimony of Susan F., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1919. She recalls moving with her mother to Prague in 1933 to join relatives, her father thinking it safer; anti-Jewish measures in 1939 including expulsion from the family home; her father telephoning to tell them he had to report to a transport (they never saw him again); deportation with her mother to Theresienstadt in May 1942, then to Estonia in September; their separation in Raasiku (she never saw her again); slave labor in Jägala, Reval, Narwa, and Kiviõli; close bonds with her fellow prisoners which saved her from total despair; assistance from local Estonians; transfer to Stutthof, then Ochsenzoll; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops two weeks later; returning to Prague in June; reunion with an aunt and cousin; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. F. discusses continuing close relations with her camp friends; emotional and physical problems resulting from her experiences; the discovery of a Kommandant of Estonian camps in 1960; her friends testifying against him (he committed suicide); continuing hostility toward Germans and Germany; and pervasive painful memories. She shows photographs.

F., Susan, 1919-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 14, 1990.
Berlin (Germany)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Raasiku (Estonia)
Jägala (Estonia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Susan F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1622). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.