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Susan P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2124) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2124

Videotape testimony of Susan P., who was born in Felsőgöd, Hungary in 1930. She recalls attending public school there and in Vác; visiting relatives in Nógrád with her brother; her family's strong Hungarian identity; anti-Jewish restrictions; briefly attending school in Budapest; a round-up of all Jewish men (she never saw her father again); orders to move to Vác in 1944; transfer to Gödöllő; pervasive terror and fear; a horrendous train trip to Auschwitz; separation from her family (she never saw her mother again); friendship with other Hungarian girls; fantasizing together about food; transfer to a labor camp; improved conditions; a death march to Bergen-Belsen; mountains of corpses and lice; finding a neighbor from home (she died); becoming very ill; liberation by British troops; hospitalization; transfer to Helsingborg, Sweden; hospitalization for eighteen months; wonderful treatment by the Swedes; notification from the Red Cross that her brother had survived; being sent to Canada via London; living in a wonderful group home in Toronto; meeting her future husband; marriage; the births of three children; emigration to England in 1961; and receiving a degree in history. Ms. P. discusses the difficulties of life after the war; a reunion with her brother in Felsőgöd in 1963; her lost childhood; ever present pain; sharing her story with her children when they were older; and participating in survivor groups.

Author/Creator
P., Susan, 1930-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
January 20, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Susan P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2124). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.