Paula S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4078) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Yannis Thanassekos
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1997
- Interview Date
- May 12, 1997.
- 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.
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.