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Oral history interview with Susan King

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.85 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0085

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    Oral history interview with Susan King


    Interview Summary
    Susan King, born March 11, 1922 in Mohacs, Hungary, discusses her childhood in Siklos, Hungary; her secondary schooling in Pecs, Hungary; learning English so she could move to the United States, but being rejected by the U.S. Embassy; being unable to find a job or to gain admission to a university; her husband being called up to a forced labor camp; the start of the German occupation of Hungary; gendarmes coming for her family on April 26, 1944 and telling them to pack; being taken to a disused mill in Siklos, which immediately came under German command; being transported to Barcs, Hungary after a week; being transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau; her mother and Susan being determined to stick together; discovering that the buttons on her dress were really diamond and gold rings; her and her mother being selected for the workers’ lager, Lager B; being transferred to Ravensbrück; being transferred again to Lippstadt in Westphalia, where they lived in proper dormitories and worked in factories making instruments for airplanes; hearing news that the Germans were losing the war; the many American air raids; being evacuated and only making it to Leipzig, Germany; escaping from the group; hiding in the woods with her mother on the Elbe River; staying for a few days in a village full of German evacuees; being liberated by two Americans; Russian troops replacing the American troops and taking her and her mother to Dreseden, then to Upper Silesia, then to Kovel, Ukraine, and then to Berdichev before arriving in Budapest in October 1945; going back to Pecs, Siklos, and then going back to Pecs again, where she saw her childhood sweetheart; marrying her childhood sweetheart; and immigrating to Australia with her husband.
    Susan King
    interview:  1990 June 06
    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
    King, Susan, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Susan King on June 6, 1990 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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