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Oral history interview with Susan Gerofi

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.69 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0069

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Susan Gerofi, born November 11, 1916 in Debrecen, Hungary, discusses moving to Bratislava, Slovakia in 1922; her education, which she was forced to discontinue due to antisemitism despite not being from a religious family; going into hiding with her mother in Piszian when the deportations started in 1942; marrying in 1937; being deported to Ravensbrück with her mother in December 1942; volunteering to work in the camp hospital as an ex-medical student but being given the job of carrying corpses on stretchers instead; being humiliated by the German guards and prisoners; hearing airplanes and nearby gun fire at the end of April 1945 and hoping that it was the Allies advancing, but not being sure; being given a 5kg parcel the day after the Germans fled the camp; seeing a Russian soldier come to the camp on May 1, 1945; Russian soldiers arriving two days later with supplies and a doctor; identification documents being made and distributed; being taken to a hospital in Prague, Czech Republic before returning to Bratislava; reuniting with her husband who escaped deportation by jumped out of a moving train; divorcing her husband; meeting and marrying her second husband; and immigrating to Australia in 1948.

Interviewee
Susan Gerofi
Date
1990 May 04  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette.
Credit Line
Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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