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Oral history interview with Susan Gerofi

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

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    Oral history interview with Susan Gerofi


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Susan Gerofi
    interview:  1990 May 04
    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.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Gerofi, Susan, 1916-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Susan Gerofi for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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