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Susan K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2377) interviewed by Elliot Perry and David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2377

Videotape testimony of Susan K., who was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia in 1925. She recounts living in Dolní Suchá; her family's affluent, assimilated lifestyle; having to move to Ostrava in 1939 due to the war; her father's deportation to Nisko in October; apprenticeship to a milliner; moving to Prague with her mother and younger sister; sorting clothing of deported Jews; deportation to Theresienstadt in July 1943; forced labor assignments sorting clothing, in the mental hospital, in agriculture, and in the crematorium; sham improvements for a Swiss Red Cross visit; visiting friends and attending concerts; her boyfriend's deportation to Auschwitz, then hers with her family; separation from her mother and sister (she never saw them again); remaining with a friend; transfer four days later to Kurzbach; slave labor digging anti-tank ditches; a death march and train transport to Bergen-Belsen in January 1945; corpses all over; her friend's death; liberation; seeing a document with her father's handwriting; traveling to Prague; reunion with her father; marriage; and emigration to England. Ms. K. discusses the importance of being with her friend; and being able to adjust to shocks due to her experiences.

Author/Creator
K., Susan, 1927-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
January 17, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Susan K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2377). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.