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Trude S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2866) interviewed by Sarah Hirschfield and Raymond Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2866

Videotape testimony of Trude S., who was born in Gmunden, Austria in 1929. She recalls being ordered to leave Gmunden a day after the Anschluss; her father's incarceration in Buchenwald; living with relatives in Vienna; her father's release based on his promise to emigrate; his departure for Italy (she never saw him again); briefly living in an orphanage; her sister's emigration to Palestine; deportation with her mother to Theresienstadt in 1941; her mother's death in 1943; a man from the orphanage delaying her deportation to Auschwitz by almost a year; deportation to Auschwitz in late 1944, then to Kurzbach; slave labor; a death march and train transport to Bergen-Belsen; brief transfer to a small camp; return to Belsen; liberation by British troops; recuperating in Sweden; attending dental technician school in Göteborg; joining her sister in Austria in 1951; her sister's emigration to join her husband's family in the United States; joining them six months later; and marriage to an Austrian who had been on a Kindertransport. Ms. S. notes she survived through luck and ignorance, and not wanting to dwell on her past.

Author/Creator
S., Trude, 1927-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1995
Interview Date
January 20, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Trude S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2866). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.