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Paula S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4078) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Yannis Thanassekos

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4078

Videotape testimony of Paula S., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1912. She recounts her family's evacuation to England during World War I; returning home; their poverty; her father's death; one sister emigrating to England (she had been born there); participating in communist youth activities; German invasion; organizing anti-Nazi activities; joining the partisans; defying anti-Jewish restrictions; her mother's and sister-in-law's deportations (she never saw them again); hiding using false papers; arrest; imprisonment in Antwerp and St. Gilles; transfer to Breendonk, then Malines; not revealing information about the resistance during torture; her trial in Essen; a six year sentence; imprisonment in Mesum; transfer to Gross Strehlitz, then Ravensbrück; the shock of the horrendous conditions; assistance from political prisoners; slave labor; bonding with French and Belgian prisoners; transfer to Binder, then Langenhorn; liberation by the Red Cross; transfer in May to Denmark, then Sweden; hospitalization; transport to Brussels in July; assistance from the Red Cross; reunion with her brother-in-law and niece; marriage to a camp survivor; continuing friendship with fellow survivors; and recent involvement in the Ravensbrück association and Jewish organizations. Ms. S. discusses details of camp life; the difficulty of surviving; her state of mind in camps; and inter-group relations.

Author/Creator
S., Paula, 1912-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1997
Interview Date
May 12, 1997.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paula S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4078). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.