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Suzi W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3786)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3786

Videotape testimony of Suzi W., who was born in 1928 in Znojmo, Czechoslovakia (presently Czech Republic), an only child. She recounts a very happy childhood until age ten; attending public school; cordial relations with non-Jews; German occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; a friend warning her father to flee; moving to Brno; her parents' arrests; living with an aunt; her aunt's arrest and suicide; living with another aunt; attending a Jewish school; participating in Tehelet Lavan, including their summer camp in 1940; her parents' release; deportation with them to Theresienstadt in January 1942; assignment to several jobs; being moved to a youth barrack; arrival of her maternal grandparents, her paternal grandmother, and her uncle and his daughter; her mother's efforts to help them; her grandparents' deaths; continuing guilt that she did not visit them enough; volunteering to learn to be an electrician; assistance from the Red Cross; attending lectures and concerts which distracted her from hunger; deportation with her parents to Birkenau; their assignment to the family camp; and slave labor in a clothing warehouse.
Ms. W. recalls declining to participate in an uprising, fearing reprisals against her parents; sexual harassment by a kapo; observing her mother's beating and her father's humiliation; bringing him extra food; his transfer; being moved with her mother to the woman's camp in Auschwitz; her mother's friend giving birth (the baby was taken from her); transfer with her mother to Hamburg two weeks later, then to Celle; improved conditions; slave labor in an oil refinery with French prisoners of war (POW); the French POWs giving them food and supplies from Red Cross packages; one endangering himself for her; Allied bombings; slave labor doing roadwork; transfer to Neugraben two months later; working as an electrician, then hard labor as punishment; transfer to Hamburg-Tiefstak, then Bergen-Belsen; total lack of food and sanitation; a high death rate; liberation by British troops; moving to Prague with her mother; traveling to Terezín to receive support payments; learning her father was alive; their reunion in Brno; meeting her future husband in Bratislava (he was in the Jewish Brigade); and emigration to Israel in 1949. Ms. W. discusses camp hierarchies and relations among prisoner groups and reversing roles as her mother became weaker.

Author/Creator
W., Suzi, 1928-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
June 9 and 16, July 7, and November 10, 1995.
Locale
France
Germany
Czechoslovakia
Znojmo (Czech Republic)
Brno (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Terezín (Ústecký kraj, Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Suzi W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3786). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4380818
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