Susan M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-782) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Robert Prince
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 9, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Susan M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-782). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Susan M., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1925. She describes her happy childhood as a performer in a successful children's theatre; her parent's divorce; her rejection from the art academy due to the Jewish quota; the nonchalant attitude of the Jewish community until the German occupation in 1944; anti-Semitic legislation; hiding with her father with the aid of his non-Jewish fiancee; the establishment of the ghetto; and the reign of the Hungarian Gestapo. She relates working as a nurse while hiding on false papers; being recognized by a non-Jewish friend who turned her over to the Hungarian Gestapo; being jailed, beaten, threatened with execution and torture; friendship with a fellow prisoner who was affiliated with the Swedish Red Cross and their subsequent escape; hiding in her father's house; searching for her mother after the ghetto had been bombed; and the Soviet liberation. Mrs. M. remembers meeting her husband and emigration to the United States. She reflects upon the qualities of her memories; her relationship with her children; and her feelings about fate and self-determination.