Claire S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3807)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- November 16, 1995 and November 26, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Claire S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3807). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Claire S., who was born in Germany, the oldest of four children of Polish émigrés. She recounts her family's move to Brussels; attending school; working at fourteen to help support her family; joining the Bund; her father's arrest for debt resulting in his deportation to Germany; obtaining money to secure his return; German invasion; one brother hiding in a monastery; anti-Jewish restrictions; marriage in 1942; obtaining false papers; her sister's deportation; bribing officials to free an underground member from the Gestapo; her father's round-up and deportation; arrest and deportation to Malines with her husband; reunion with her father; the camp underground preparing escapes from deportation trains; deportation with her father and husband; jumping from the train with her husband (her father was too ill to jump); assistance from a priest; traveling to Liège; returning to Brussels with assistance from the underground; joining her mother and brother in hiding; aborting a pregnancy; one brother's flight to Switzerland; moving to Charleroi with her husband and mother; working for an underground newspaper; visiting her brother in the monastery; liberation; returning to Brussels; the birth and premature death of her child; her brother's return; emigrating to Uruguay, then Brazil; participating in Wizo; emigration to Israel, and the births of two daughters. Ms. S. discusses relief upon learning from a chance meeting with a woman who had been on their deportation train that her father had died on the train; testifying at a war crimes trial in Germany; and writing a book.